Econlinks: The Freudian interlude

  • 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).
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Sunday night econlinks

  • 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).
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Econlinks for the weekend

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Econlinks for the weekend

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What I’ve been reading

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

Bad research…

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

MRIs and sex drive. And the science of love

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