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
- 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).
What this is about: SBE 2020.
244 white papers in SBE available on the NSF site.
The white papers in Economics. Note that some of these papers are not available on the NSF site as they were submitted after their deadline, hence this is not really a subset of the earlier 244; moreover, more might be added at this link (I would not be surprised to count ultimately more here than the total number of papers on the NSF site, after all Econ work is never over— last bullet point). → Read more
Not that I want to brag or anything but… please check this out again and then go to the Nobel prize site to see who won this year’s Prize in Economics (by the way, last year I predicted Hart, Holmstrom and Williamson, hence I also got there one of the awardees– just in case you were wondering if I predict the same every single year). → Read more
Terry Tao brief and informative on the 2010 Fields medalists (Le Monde est aussi très heureux et honoré pour Ngo et Villani, “deux facettes de l’école mathématique française“). Read also Tao’s intro to the winners of the Nevanlinna, Gauss and Chern prizes.
Mid July, terribly hot, Cambridge, serious Econ research: high time for the yearly NBER Summer Institute. Yesterday I attended an interesting second part of the EF&G Research Meeting, where in particular I’d single out Chetty’s paper on bounding labour supply elasticities with optimization frictions (succeded by Rogerson’s excellent discussion). → Read more
To start with the last item in the title, it wasn’t to be for The Netherlands… a third World Cup final wasted. Mais, c’est la vie. However, even though I predicted wrongly the winner in the very last game, I still managed to eventually rank 411th among 497,206 participants worldwide, in the Castrol’s FIFA World Cup Predictor Challenge. → Read more
Right, almost two months since my visit to Atlanta, hence high time to wrap up and conclude.Briefly on Atlanta itself: ultimately not that appealing a city. In fact, probably the least interesting city I have visited in USA so far (caveat lector: I have deliberately avoided stuff a priori known to be dull), bar San Antonio, Texas (which might have changed since my trip there in ’04, but I doubt it). → Read more