Best LEED for developing countries

Word goes that Portugal is likely to soon join the category of developing countries (as you might have heard). However, before you start sobbing, consider this: not all is doom. In fact, this could well be heaven for economists working with the famous Quadros de Pessoal longitudinal “linked employer-employee data” (LEED), and, eventually– as I will try to convince you– it would materialize in tremendous success in improving the state of the whole world.  → Read more

Sunday night econlinks

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  • Endless Summers (via Mankiw). Supercilious he might well be, but some of us still find him absolutely fascinating– I think I am (in the process of) understanding why :-). Earlier (first bullet point).
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Mating, development aid, and the econometrics of it all

I recently helped one of my single male graduate students in his search for a spouse.

First, I suggested he conduct a randomized controlled trial of potential mates to identify the one with the best benefit/cost ratio. Unfortunately, all the women randomly selected for the study refused assignment to either the treatment or control groups, using language that does not usually enter academic discourse.

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(Many) Econlinks for the Weekend

  • If you’re at all into arithmetics (and not only) you might like this concise exposé on very big numbers (think Ackerman series, Busy Beavers and the like if you are dubious about what “very big” stands for in this context…).
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Sunday morning econlinks

  • Incentives and globalization, a brief but very interesting interview with Luis Garicano. Topics tackled here are CEOs, football, and…everything else.
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