Friday, May 15, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Rant plus Lessons in Applied Economics (May 15, 2015)

I didn't notice it at the time, but I've been reading a lot of economics this week. Not to say there isn't crime stuff and random stuff. There should be something in this list that'll interest everyone:
  • A really excellent bullet-point rant on wide-ranging corruption (Ritholtz)
  • Another excellent rant on the state of modern work (Medium)
  • One possible view of the future of work, temporary teams as in movie productions (NY Times)
  • Econ #1: Irrelevant Things Matter, says Richard Thaler (NY Times)
  • Econ #2: Everything Nudges You One Way or Another, so Use It To Your Benefit, says Richard Thaler (Time)
  • Econ #3: We Trade Because We Want Something, We Make and Export to Satisfy Our Need for Imports, says Paul Krugman (Old Essay)
  • Econ #4: Highly Valued Private Companies Get A Lot of Self-Interested Folks to Vouch for How They're Worth, FYI (Re/Code)
  • Econ #5: Use Behavioral Economics to Outsmart Your Biases (HBR)
  • Crime: Get a government job to help your criminal enterprise, say copy passport data so you can buy things you can't afford (Washington Post)
  • Crime: More ridiculousness from the civil asset forfeiture laws (Washington Post)
  • Maybe the weirdest true thing you can find on Twitter: Florida Man (NY Times)
  • In investing and maybe life, "conviction > consensus" (Bothsid.es)
  • When Language Fails You: A series of sympathy cards for when your friend reveals a cancer diagnosis (Slate)
  • A former cop writes of his experience taking a life and his research into other cops in the same situation (Politico)

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