Evolving Economics is a blog by Jason Collins of his thoughts on economics, evolution and those areas in between.
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Links this week: An excellent Econtalk podcast with Jonathan Haidt. Just don’t buy his lines about group selection – my reasons here. Steven Pinker’s amusing article on the Ivy League. Pinker also pointed out this oldie but goodie – Bell Curve Liberals. Greg Clark applies his work on social mobility to immigration. Reihan Salam comments. […]
I should start this review of Gerd Gigerenzer’s least satisfactory but still interesting book, Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions, by saying that I am a huge Gigerenzer fan and that this book is still worth reading. But there was something about this book that grated at times, especially against the backdrop of his other fantastic work. […]
Links this week: Two pieces on diet. First, an excellent article on how the poisons in vegetables might be making you stronger. Second, a new study in the fat-carb wars. Andrew Gelman on the strength of statistical evidence. Two excellent podcasts. Gregory Clark on social mobility (and the genetics behind it) and Paul Sabin on […]
John Coates’s excellent The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust tells the story of the effect of hormones on decision making in finance. By the end of the book, the idea that traders are rational calculating machines driven by their brains is torn apart. As Coates shows, the divide […]
Links this week: Daniel McFadden on how people make choices. Not that new but only spotted this week – Gerd Gigerenzer has a great rants on statistics. (HT: Noah Smith) Forty per cent of modern Chinese are patrilineal descendants of only three super-grandfathers from 6,000 years ago. (HT: Carl Zimmer) Anti-marijuana advocates funded by drug companies. […]
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