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01 июня, 20:44

How equity ownership shapes values

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How does engagement with markets affect socioeconomic values and political preferences? A long line of thinkers has debated the nature and direction of such effects, but claims are difficult to assess empirically because market engagement is endogenous. We designed a large field experiment to evaluate the impact of financial markets, which have grown dramatically in […] The post How equity ownership shapes values appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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01 июня, 19:21

Monday assorted links

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1. Death threats against German virologists.  And “His perception of fishes’ features was so refined, she added, that he could distinguish individual faces, the way humans recognize one another.”  (NYT) 2. Does altitude matter for Covid-19? 3. Police violence thread, excellent, scholarly. 4. Thread on police unions.  Very good. 5. Model this, Samantha Shader edition.  […] The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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01 июня, 14:25

Fight the Virus!

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I was asked by the LATimes to contribute to a panel on economic and pandemic policy. The other contributors are Joseph E. Stiglitz, Christina Romer, Alicia H. Munnell, Jason Furman, Anat R. Admati, James Doti, Simon Johnson, Ayse Imrohoroglu and Shanthi Nataraj. Here’s my contribution: If an invader rained missiles down on cities across the […] The post Fight the Virus! appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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01 июня, 10:51

Coronavirus travel insurance markets in everything

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Moral hazard — forget about it!: In the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, government leaders have pledged to cover all costs for any traveler who tests positive for the coronavirus while on vacation, according to the Associated Press. In a letter sent out to governments, airlines and tour operators, Cypriot officials said they would cover […] The post Coronavirus travel insurance markets in everything appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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01 июня, 07:45

Alex Armlovich on blood plasma donors and markets

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From my email: I saw your post about COVID blood brokers–My girlfriend and I had it in March and finally got antibody tests last week when the city opened the free clinics. I inquired on a national plasma donor site, was directed to CSL Plasma in Clifton NJ, and a donor concierge from LeapCure reached […] The post Alex Armlovich on blood plasma donors and markets appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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01 июня, 01:50

Christo, RIP

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude, true visionaries among many fakes. The post Christo, RIP appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 22:23

Why does Minneapolis have such extreme educational disparities?

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A correspondent writes me: I live in Minneapolis and have worked in education policy here for a few years. With all of the unrest going on here, I feel increasing urgency to learn more about a question that’s been puzzling me for many years, and which I can’t seem to find a satisfactory answer to: why […] The post Why does Minneapolis have such extreme educational disparities? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 20:01

Sunday assorted links

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1. Trees are getting shorter and younger. 2. Calculating your way to antivirals. 3. Biosensor tests? (speculative).  And the sewage data correlation is problematic. 4. Sweden and its nursing homes. 5. Ross Douthat on rioting (NYT). 6. Do conservatives actually have a more potent fear response? The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 18:57

The plans for Greece’s reopening to tourists

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In the European Union Greece is moving the quickest, but still this does not sound so appealing: Phase 1 – Until 15 June International flights are allowed only into Athens airport. All visitors are tested upon arrival and are required to stay overnight at a designated hotel. If the test is negative, then the passenger […] The post The plans for Greece’s reopening to tourists appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 14:29

Social Planners Do Not Exist

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Enrico Spolaore on his friend, co-author, and mentor Alberto Alesina: I first met Alberto thirty years ago at Harvard, where he had received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1986, and had returned as faculty, after a couple of years at Carnegie-Mellon. He was already deservedly famous. In 1988, The Economist had presciently picked him as […] The post Social Planners Do Not Exist appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 07:24

That was then, this is now, Minneapolis racial animus edition

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Are you familiar with the earlier history of Minneapolis, say from the 1960s and 1970s?  From an article by Jeffrey T. Manuel and Andrew Urban, here is one passage about two mayors: In 1969, four-term Democratic-Farmer Labor (DFL) mayor and former University of Minnesota political science professor Arthur Naftalin declined to run for a fifth […] The post That was then, this is now, Minneapolis racial animus edition appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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31 мая, 04:09

Coronavirus markets in everything, Swedish restaurant edition

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At Rasmus Persson and Linda Karlsson’s restaurant, you don’t have to order takeout, or wear a mask, or try to stay two metres away from the other patrons — because there are no other patrons. It’s just you, seated alone at a table in a picturesque meadow in the Swedish countryside as you’re served a […] The post Coronavirus markets in everything, Swedish restaurant edition appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.