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Humans, on Amazon Prime, is the smartest science fiction series in a long time

I strongly recommend Humans.  Imagine Never Let Me Go made as a TV series.  The synths are complex, their interactions amongst themselves and with humans are complex, the human families are complex.  This is not one of those ridiculous sci-fi … Continue reading

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Super interesting story about peer review at the AER, from George Borjas

And this is where things begin to get interesting. Over a month ago, an anonymous post appeared at Economics Job Market Rumors (EJMR), a popular internet forum frequented (I am guessing) by many young economists. This post noted that Family … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico debt situation will be very politically charged

They shouted angrily about “colonialism” and called for a Prexit, or Puerto Rican exit, from the United States. They denounced the “junta” — or federal control board — that will soon direct this island’s failing governance and finances. Late Thursday … Continue reading

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Brexit in standard macroeconomics model

Since I am teaching MBA macroeconomics this summer, here is Brexit in the standard AD-AS model.  It ignores the zero lower bound, which complicates things, and also assumes that the short run negative effects we have seen this week persist. … Continue reading

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Jack Rasmus and Alex Field tussle over our current systemic fragility

In the European Economic Review. Jack and Alex are going to have to use polite words to work out their differences.  I am not a macroeconomist, so I am not going to spend too much time figuring out for myself … Continue reading

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Local agricultural techniques are not always best, evidence from Burkina Faso

It’s nice to see a randomized trial of three different techniques for planting tree seedlings.  The locally developed Zaï technique did not fare well.  A similar study is available here.  Time for farmers to change? In the Sahel of Africa, … Continue reading

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The funny thing is there seems to be more talk in Burkinabè media about Zida’s malfeasance than Compaoré’s!

Que risque le général Zida ? Il risque deux choses, du point de vue redévabilité de la comptabilité publique il risque d’être poursuivi mise en accusation comme le demande il n’y a longtemps les citoyens. Je pense que si le … Continue reading

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