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Remember: increasing debt doesn't matter for governments or businesses as long as you expect growth. (Incidentally, austerity measures that expect to rein in debt will slow growth--and therefore make debts actually more of a problem.)
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This is pretty brilliant. You can look at a body of work and examine the distribution of p-values to determine whether publication bias is at work. (Of course, you can't prove it's not at work.) Pretty neat and elegant idea.
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#ifihadglass I would share the joy and the rush of playing capoeira, letting others see through my eyes during each game.
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While I'd say the constructivists have already eaten his lunch, Dani Rodrik is a great guy to point the way to a new analytical path beyond political economy--that is, to understand how "ideas" shape the interests that drive political economy. (Really, what we're talking about here is epistemology.)
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I digest what's out there on using an alternative business model to promote renewable energy finance. My sense: it's not likely to do as much as supporters would hope.
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A brilliant study. Reliance on kinship as a manifestation of low civic trust / returns to democratizing resources. That said, we do assortive mating based on socioeconomic status, so how does that affect democratic institutions?
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People with less available cash spend more of each additional dollar they get. I suppose this isn't exactly news to anyone who lives in the real world, but glad to see economists pulling out the empirical data on it.
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Good advice for getting closer to that which feeds you.
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They say he who controls the past, controls the present. Apparently, a quarter of the time this will be a piece of cake.
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Good one Jason. Further reading: http://psi.sagepub.com/content/13/3/106.full
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After Bloomberg reported on fracking disclosures from Texas, I realized that my suspicions were confirmed--voluntary reporting of fracking likely understates the extent of secrecy in fracking fluid disclosures. This calls into question the whole project of voluntary disclosure. The solution is obvious: MANDATORY DISCLOSURE.
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Good question. I'm inclined to think in some industries or for some issues, perhaps, but only when the incentives to do so are strong--for example, when bad actions by a single actor threaten all actors. But in this case, I don't think such incentives exist.
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