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Amazing New Tool
Thanks to Justin Wolfers' recent column in the New York Times on the dominance of economists, I see this amazing new data tool which gives you the number of times, or the fraction of articles in which, any word has been used in the Times since the mid 19th ...

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How Much Toilet Paper Does the Average Person Consume in a Day?
Over on MarginalRevolution, Tyler Cowen had an amusing remark the other day on a figure for average daily toilet paper consumption in the USA . The article he cites has it that the average American uses 46 sheets of toilet paper in a day and Cowen thinks th...

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Put Yourself in Someone Else's Shoes
I have always suspected Oxfam of being more than just a little bit out of it and today's news story from the BBC offers a case in point. Here's the abstract from the so-called "anti-poverty" organization's report: "Global wealth is increasingly concentrated...

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Some Notable Quotables
Willaim Somerset Maugham once said that "the ability to quote is a very serviceable substitute for wit". Here, in no particular order, are few quotations from some of my recent and not-so-recent readings. "What is called the existing distribution of income ...

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Dopey Popey
Pope Francis I has reacted to accusations of Marxism in a book of interviews entitled This Economy Kills . Pope Francis has lamented the "unjust" and "evil" economic system before, notably in the Evangelii Gaudium  (in Chapter 2, Section 1), a veritable del...

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Abysmal
A recent  Quartz article by Miles Kimball and an anonymous woman economist asks how big the sexism problem is in economics. The answer the authors give is that it is pretty big indeed, yet their solutions do not include the obvious one (obvious, that is, th...

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A Simple Model of Free Speech
In light of the very tragic and gruesome attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine today, in which at least twelve people are dead because a few others have taken offence at drawings, I wonder how great the expenses are, which the government will incur in protecting...

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Suspiciously Many New Year's Resolutions Remain Unbroken
This is the time of the year when many new year's resolutions have already been broken, but I wonder what makes so many of them remain un broken. According to the FiveThirtyEight website ( link ), "nearly half" of the resolvers are apt to fail. Still, any s...

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The So-called Traffickers, Again
EU Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, has referred to the smugglers of people, topical in Italy during the past week or so, as " employing new methods in order to exploit desperate people " (BBC article). I don't know this fellow, but I am w...

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The Migrants in the Port of Gallipoli
The news recently has contained reports from two distressed ships in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The burning one, and the one containing refugees, illegal immigrants, that was tugged to the port of Gallipoli in Southern Italy early on New Year's Eve ( New...
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