- Seinfeld’s spongeworthy Elaine, an unusual, limited-purpose –but very thorough– option theory application, by the one and only Avinash Dixit.
- All passé now, but hopefully you did pick your favorite Cupid.
- New academic econ world order… but only if you fail to control for the quality of the journals those papers are published in (my conjecture is that if you take only the top 5-10 journals, the US-EU average gap actually widened).
Always wise thoughts from the one and only Kevin Murphy . If for some reason you haven’t heard of him yet, all you need to know is that Murphy holds comparative advantage in all forms of production.
A quite old, but still interesting and revealing article on Sergey Brin.
Bilingualism and early child development: very interesting brand-new research in PNAS (institutional or individual subscription needed, else only abstract is free). And yes, bilingualism clearly pays off, if you were wondering.
Vienna and the largest Swiss cities top Mercer’s quality of living index for ’09, while Munich appears to be the winner if you account simultaneously for both quality of living (position 7) and infrastructure (position 2).
NYU Stern business school economists on the crisis, pinning down the real causes much to the same factors as Caballero did (1st bullet point). The book they advertise will certainly be widely read.
Science child psychology article on disparities in children vocabulary explained by early gestures acquisition (differentiating based on SES family background).
This erotic-stimuli-influencing-spending might be more serious than I thought (see my earlier short comment to Tyler Cowen’s erotics of investing– 2nd bullet point). Although the researchers admit that all their conclusions rely on the men faced with a decision to be taken in a second or so… Yeah, then it could be very true :-).
Lately I’ve got about 5 books started at all times and I largely read them in parallel (unless I like one too much to let it out of my hands before I finish it). This seems to be an excellent strategy against getting “too much” of something in a short while and eventually deciding to drop it too soon (which, by the way, you should not shy away from doing anytime if you really–but really– do not seem to find any merit in reading a particular book). → Read more
The problem with all this type of research is that they (the authors) do not have any model to account for their findings. I mean, interesting observations, but…nothing more. Not to mention that it does contradict other studies (also within psychology; every day there’s a new descriptive study observing something else on two dozens observations and extrapolating to the whole population…). → Read more
Since I was just mentioning nudity and inspiration, let’s go a step further and talk without inhibition about science and sex. This is very serious research. And it is one of the most read BMJ article of all times (if you want to be a scientist and desire popularity with the media as well, you might consider this field of research- well, you could also post personal nude photos on your website/weblog, though that might lead to somewhat of a negative attention…). → Read more