Links for 24th September, 2018

  1. What happened in September 2008? Bookmark this link, even if you don’t understand all of it right away. Stare at the charts, and in particular the timeline on page 3 of the PDF. Watch “The Inside Job”, “Too Big to Fail”, “Margin Call”, and “The Big Short” and then come back and look at the charts and the timeline again. Repeat this exercise a couple of times to understand what happened in 2008.
  2. Alright, so that’s what happened. What should we learn from September 2008?
  3. Has India learnt from the crisis? This article says no.
  4. Not all consequences of the 2008 crisis were financial.
  5. What about the next time it hits? Are we ready better prepared?

Links for 23rd September, 2018

  1. Wanting India to be more like China might have consequences.
  2. On rethinking “Econ 101“.
  3. CapitalMind has become a good place to search for books I’d like to add to my reading list, especially from the field of finance. Here is one such review. Note that I haven’t read the book yet!
  4. A useful (which usually and also in this case means practical) way to learn about dollarization.
  5. Assam is a complicated story.

Links for 22nd September, 2018

  1. Are the economists listening? If you’ve heard about the mobile phone and Kerala fishermen paper, this might make for good reading. Also see this.
  2. Practice matters, and is underrated.
  3. Climate change will hurt poorer countries more. Duh.
  4.  The youngest continent.
  5. On the origins of ludo

Links for 21st September, 2018

  1. Not all startups need VC money.
  2. Freelancers on the internet could do with a bit more money.
  3. Money makes us all happier.
  4. Too much of it could be a bad thing, though.
  5. Should we use money to value companies?


A suggested soundtrack to enjoy along with today’s links.

Links for 20th September, 2018

  1. The NYT on our genetic heritage.
  2. The more I read about macro, the less I understand it.
  3. Maybe substituting away from reading macro is a good idea.
  4. Tyler Cowen on thinking about tennis, and applying it elsewhere. Also see this book.
  5. Via MR: teachers on Instagram.

Links for 19th September, 2018

  1. An eye-opener on our diplomats (or lack of them)
  2. Do economists actually make money?
  3. Via MR: I’m an economist.
  4. A reason to buy more books.
  5. Via MR: a new mall in Dubai (shocking, I know).

Links for 18th September, 2018

  1. I’ve been playing SimCity on the phone for a while, and therefore found this interesting.
  2. A writer I greatly admire from the tech world, on keeping at it.
  3. Another blogger I greatly admire, writing about an editor I admire even more.
  4. Back when the rupee was pegged to the pound.
  5. On math and economics, a favorite bugbear of mine.