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Marginal Revolution · 3h ago

Tuesday assorted links

1. “In fact, Shanika told us that if she had a choice she, ‘would not get rid of [her] voices.’” 2. Will the FCC create an Office of Economics and Analytics? 3. Randall Schweller defends Tru...
Marginal Revolution · 4h ago

Why it is fun to travel around China

I submit that really every part of China is worth seeing, not just Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan are very different from Guangdong and Fujian, which are not a...
Marginal Revolution · 16h ago

Monday assorted links

1. Robert Boyle’s scientific wish list. 2. Is it privately rational for scientists to be dogmatists? 3. Genetic diversity of U.S. immigrants is positively correlated with county income. 4. R...
Marginal Revolution · 21h ago

Crime Imprisons and Kills

…the most disadvantaged people have gained the most from the reduction in violent crime. Though homicide is not a common cause of death for most of the United States population, for African-...
Marginal Revolution · 1d ago

Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organisations?

Yes, it would seem.  The subtitle is “The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime,” the authors are Evelina Gavrilova, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman, and the outlet is The Economic ...
Marginal Revolution · 1d ago

A few simple points about immigration

I feel I am repeating myself, but these remain neglected: 1. The good outcomes for African immigrants to the United States mean we could and should take in more such immigrants, to mutual be...
Marginal Revolution · 1d ago

Claims about Bitcoin

A single actor likely drove the USD/BTC exchange rate from $150 to $1000 in 2 months. That is from the JME, via the excellent Kevin Lewis.  It is worth noting that the single actor was right...
Marginal Revolution · 1d ago

I, Pencil Revisited

Leonard Read’s essay I, Pencil showed how even simple objects like a pencil were produced only through the cooperation and coordination of many thousands of people all over the world who oft...
Marginal Revolution · 1d ago

Sunday assorted links

1. Interview with Pandit Nayan Ghosh.  Could it be that Indian classical music, along with Bach-Brahms Germanic classical music, are mankind’s two greatest aesthetic achievements?  Shakespea...
Marginal Revolution · 2d ago

That was then, this is now — Henry George edition

It took Dr. Edward Taylor’s inside perceptions to say, on publication: “It is not merely an American book, but a California book.  We do not mean merely that it is a book written in Californ...