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It is not an "emerging structural skills mismatch" fact. It is a "long-term unemployed lose the weak ties that help them get jobs" fact… A major empirical win for Rand Ghayad and William Dickens: "What Can We Learn by Disaggregating the Unemployment-Vacancy Relationship?":
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   Thanks for sharing! I will give it a read, in its entirety. 

I had just got done going through the Loving V Virginia U.S. Supreme Court case very recently.  It's astonishing to think only a few short years ago, in 1966, states still had (essentially) slavery laws written on the books.  It was more astonishing to hear the State's arguments.
http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1966/1966_395

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From the 8th to 13th centuries, Baghdad was the seat of the powerful Abbasid Caliphate, the scene of remarkable advances in science, medicine, engineering and mathematics, inventions and discoveries that would not reach Western Europe for centuries. It was also, apparently, a town full of party-crashers. "Did I say you could come?" a host asks angrily. "Did you say I couldn't come?" retorts the party-crasher. The sheer prevalence of party-crashin...
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Is it possible to draw a few conclusions on the topic of methodological individualism after dozens of years of debate? (Lars Udehn's Methodological Individualism: Background, History and Meaning is a great study of the long history of the debate over this issue. It is unfortunate there isn't an affordable digital edition of the book. Joseph Heath's entry on the subject in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy gives a very good overview; link.) ...
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“Every-one is familiar with the ordinary notion of a function—with the notion, that is, of the lawful dependence of one or more variable things upon other variables things, as the area of a rectangle upon the lengths of its sides, as the distance traveled upon the rate of going, as the volume of a gas upon temperature and pressure, as the prosperity of a throat specialist upon the moisture of the climate, as the attraction of material particles u...
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The Friday decision in NML et al. v. Argentina has clearly shaken the sovereign universe. While I am normally more prone to panic than Felix Salmon or Vladimir Werning, these wise folks reasonably point out that the decision may spell the End of the World for sovereign immunity, sovereign debt as we know it, etc. "May" is the operative word in my view. We need more information and analysis (stay tuned) before we dash for the bunker. Yes, it look...
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It seems silly to characterize 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas as concise, since it profiles 750 buildings and weighs almost 17 pounds. But for the busiest hundred years of human history, that’s a remarkable exercise in refinement: one building per continent, per year. Everyone likes to argue over best-of lists. But the admirable quality of Phaidon's hefty new offering, and this is not to demean the efforts of the 150 specialis...
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