Links for 20th July, 2018

  1. Via Binoy Mascrenhas, an article about pedestrian plazas.
  2. Creating demand is the hard part. Creating demand a second time around is almost impossible. Also, a useful way to think about two sided markets.
  3. Just you wait, the Trump trade war version
  4. A (very long) essay on Rupert Murdoch
  5. It is hard to be balanced about Elon Musk’s Tesla
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Links for 19th July, 2018

  1. Be careful with your money, says Monika Halan about the IDBI-LIC circus.
  2. More transparency at SEBI, please.
  3. I’m happy to report that I am free to share this article with you, and you are free to read it.
  4. Words of wisdom from Devesh Kapur, about research, India and the USA.
  5. Why blogging (in economics) matters.

All of these links for today, by the way, come via Ajay Shah, whose blog is a must-follow.

Links for 18th July, 2018

  1. Don’t imagine you’re smarter. Read this with today’s context in mind.
  2. Anchoring, perhaps? Who knows what this is really about.
  3. Not every app design, in my opinion, has improved over time. Some definitely have, though.
  4. Via MR, a useful list for “top economists” to follow on Twitter. There’s not a single Chinese or India-specific Tiwtter handle on that list, by the way.
  5. Color me mildly pessimistic. Building cities is hard, but it is also very necessary.

Links for 17th July, 2018

  1. A useful article to read about how to think about plastic (individual efforts don’t seem to help much, unfortunately)
  2. Via MR, slides and some papers from an NBER conference about the “Global Financial Crisis@10“. I haven’t read a single link so far, but it seems very interesting. I’ll post specific links if they’re especially relevant later.
  3. Greg Mankiw makes a very relevant and timely point about more careful phrasing.
  4. Calculating GDP isn’t a science. Far from it.
  5. The bitter truth about sugar this year

Links for 16th July, 2018

  1. Lessons from the Israel-Arab conflict for the Korean peninsula. Key takeaway: it’s more complicated than President Trump seems to think
  2. Nobody knows anything. Indeed.
  3. Via FT Alphaville, six lies on trade

  4. On understanding CDS, and how they reached where they are today
  5. Via MR, a paper on travel costs and collaboration. Or put another way, is not traveling more expensive than expensive travel?

Links for 15th July, 2018

  1. Scale is a difficult thing to achieve
  2. On why public transport matters. The SUV risks
  3. There are honeymoons, and there are honeymoons
  4. Ways to think about IVF
  5. If you ever feel like stealing bees, this is how to do it

Links for 14th July, 2018

  1. This is from a while back, but here is a small write-up about a comparatively lesser known story, of the Indian Navy’s “mutiny” in 1946.
  2. A must listen episode on (on the face of it) hitchhiking, on Conversations with Tyler 
  3. Spiders can fly (more interesting than you’d have thought)
  4. Further updates on the Fermi paradox
  5. Very long, partly fascinating essay about memory, via MR.