Nation of Beancounters

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on August 3, 2014

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on July 7, 2014

1. Megan McArdle speculate brilliantly on what factors are responsible for shitty personal finance. Universal, and a must read.

2. “Love is not enough.

3. In what ways are firms inefficient?

4. Eugene Volokh wins the cultural appropriation debate. Extended analysis here.

5. Why poor people buy status symbols. Speculative but interesting.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on December 30, 2013

1. Ryanair versus Southwest Airline.

2. An economist’s Christmas.

3. Inequality of respect.

4. Female rapists in the congo. Irritatingly, the title that TIME chose ignores the 10% of male victims who report being victimized by a woman.

5. A twofer from priceonomics: Diamonds are bullshit and movie critics in a niche age.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on July 18, 2013
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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on March 1, 2013

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on February 23, 2013

1. Robert Contrell, curator of The Browser, on internet journalism. Self-recommending. “Businessmen and politicians make the worst bloggers because they do not like to tell what they know, and telling what you know is the essence of blogging well.”

2. Why democracy?

3. Firefly and prostitution, as told from the viewpoint of a sex worker/cultural blogger.

4. Bill Gates annual letter.

5. High health-related markups in the West, and Megan McArdle’s “Umbrella” theory of where they come from.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on January 27, 2013

1. The awesome new world of solar. I can’t wait. On the other hand, we’ve been waiting for a long time, so don’t get your hopes up. On the first hand…

2. Bryan Caplan’s path to open borders. Very good intellectual biography.

3. The health implications of utensils and cutlery.

” Until the cooking pot was invented, no one who had lost all their teeth would survive into adulthood. There are no traces of edentulous — toothless — skeletons in any population without pottery. Pots made it possible for the first time to cook nourishing stew-like meals that required no chewing but could, rather, be drunk. So having teeth was no longer necessary for survival.”

4. What anti-corruption agencies need to succeed. “You need a high degree of mistrust, put into nice words like risk management.”

5. Culture vouchers in Brazil (HT: Marginal Revolution)