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I'll be looking to hire a Dutch-speaking (native fluency or close) research assistant with familiar with the Netherlands educational system. The work (60+ hours?) will largely involve contacting and interviewing Dutch doctors, journalists, educators, administrators, and those who were students between 1994-2004. The RA will ask them about their knowledge and perceptions of the HE admissions system, educational offerings, and the job market. University of Exeter student preferred (administratively). Please let me know if you know anyone who might be good.

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david reinstein commented on a post on Blogger.
Good points.

I am not a trade theorist. However, my impression is that the consensus of economic theory was that 'the total gains of trade (similar for immigration) outweigh the losses to some, so with redistribution all could be made better off'. But simple models like [Heckscher-Olin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckscher%E2%80%93Ohlin_theorem) predict that laborers lose from trade in relatively capital-rich countries if there is no redistribution of the gains. So if they had the option to choose between a high external tariff and free trade – both without any redistribution, they might strictly prefer the former.

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Pics reveal how nice a workshop it was and how lovely Gothenburg is in season. Thanks Amrish Patel​, Martin, and others. https://sites.google.com/site/pateleconomics/p-games-workshop

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A good point: Hard for them to credibly condemn him when they say they would vote for him in the general election. By their revealed preferences:
themselves > Trump > Clinton.

The 'pledge' they took to support the Republican candidate was silly; the danger of posing a binary question in commonplace language and then being held to it literally. They pledged to support the Republican nominee unconditionally–even if he shoots someone?

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/03/rubio_cruz_and_kasich_say_they_d_support_trump_as_nominee.html

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david reinstein commented on a post on Blogger.
I think a major moral objection to these randomised controlled trials, which I'm in favor of in general, is that one may have strong prices and evidence about where, and for which groups, the treatment may be most effective. However, for the sake of a balanced trial one administers it to a broader range of groups without targeting. So the scarce treatment may be administered other than where it is suspected to be most effective, for the sake of learning more about it's effectiveness. There may be real trade offs. 

Anyone else using the Vim-Latex package? I just got it to work with MacVim. It has some great features but I am still struggling to get other things working that are good in TexShop (like bibtex compile, and the 'touch the location' to jump between the .tex and the compiled pdf preview) 

I'm thinking of doing a live video stream from my office hours, allowing for text-in questions (like Periscope etc); Q&A for my students.  Does anyone have experience with this?

"younow.com" seems a decent interface, but an issue is how to limit who is allowed to ask questions or comment.

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david reinstein commented on a post on Blogger.
When in doubt, consider your priori from basic intuition and theory (in spite of our theory-bashing in the other thread.) Supply shift outward , downward sloping demand for labor because of natural diminishing returns, the equilibrium wage should fall. Update from this prior based on new evidence.

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david reinstein commented on a post on Blogger.
Overall I agree. But it is the assumptions that are falsified, to be a bit pedantic. Microeconomic Theory is perhaps more properly considered as a body of work establishing the implications of a set of assumptions. It is a useful exercise and a tool for generating testable predictions. But we shouldn't be surprised if the predictions generated from assumptions that have no empirical roots are falsified in many environments. There is also the normative interpretation -- if we want to maximize, here is how, says theory.

As Susan Powter yelled: Stop the insanity!

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A piece of academic journalism: https://theconversation.com/should-we-help-companies-tailor-prices-to-your-wage-packet-47719

-Should governments enable price discrimination by income? Firms and lower-income consumers would likely benefit.-

 This article was written jointly with Owen Southam, with contributions from Rasif Alakbarov and Harry Masters.

Thanks to all those those who gave me feedback and opinions
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