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Papers that have come from Fast Grants

Here is a non-complete list.  I am reluctant to speculate on what I see as some very positive reports, but in due time I will be discussing the results of the research in more detail.  Here is one earlier post on SalivaDirect. The post Papers that have come from Fast Grants appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

What happened to the mandate, the third leg of the stool?

But Congress did ultimately chop off a leg when it repealed the mandate penalties in 2017 — and, despite these predictions, the Affordable Care Act still stands. New federal data and economic research show the law hasn’t collapsed or entered the “death spiral” that economists and health insurers projected. Many experts now view the individual mandate...

*How to Make the World Add Up*

The author is Tim Harford, and the subtitle is Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers.  My copy just arrived and I am just about to leave town, but I thought I should give you notice. And here is my CWT with Tim, a really fun one. The post *How to Make the World Add Up* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Friday assorted links

1. German soccer team thrashed 37-0 after socially distancing from opponent. 2. AT&T wants to put ads on your smartphone in exchange for $5 discount. 3. “What I think I am nearly certain about,” redux of a 2008 post. 4. New van Morrison protest song against lockdowns. 5. The hardware lottery. 6. Model this Charles Linsmeier. The post...

University of Pennsylvania update and correction

“The email sent by Penn SAS Deans last Tuesday needs to be interpreted with some care. In particular, notice the words “school-funded Ph.D. programs.” There is a lot of institutional background that is lost when the email is read from the outside, especially because the Economics Ph.D. program has its own funding structure that differs from other Ph.D....

What I’ve been reading

1. Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics.  One man’s version of “the real Stephen Hawking story,” including the marital arrangements and rearrangements, told by a former good friend.  I am not sure that books such as this should be written (or read), but…this one is pretty good.  It also gives Hawking’s account of why...

The educational culture that is Dutch

Academics should not be forced to squeeze their research into weekends and holidays, according to the Dutch education minister, who admitted that pressure on some researchers had become intolerable and that professional competition had gone “too far.” Ingrid van Engelshoven wants to reduce stress and time pressure in academe by tipping the balance...

No economics Ph.D admissions for U Penn next year

The School of Arts and Sciences will pause admissions for school-funded Ph.D. programs for the 2021-2022 academic year. SAS Dean Steven J. Fluharty and Associate Dean for Graduate Students Beth Wenger wrote in an email to SAS standing faculty and graduate students on Tuesday that the decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact...

Thursday assorted links

1. Did Covid-19 trigger nostalgic taste in music? 2. The philanthropy of Chuck Feeney who gave it all away (link fixed now). 3. Claims about North Korea and nuclear war. 4. Kanye to the NYT: “He also expressed anguish about abortion, said he didn’t reflexively support Democrats, and asked, “Does anyone at your magazine believe in Jesus?”” (link...

The international game theory of vaccines

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Ideally, a government will wish to publicize the announcement of a vaccine while slow-walking the actual distribution. That way, if there is something wrong with the brew, it can stop distribution before too many of its citizens experience adverse side effects. In essence, the approving...

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