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Reading Feed (April 2020)

A collection of things that I was glad I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.


Blog: Balaji Srinivasan @ Medium | Peer Review of “COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California” — "The high reported positive rate in this serosurvey may be explained by the false positive rate of the test and/or by sample recruitment issues." (The punchline is that the false-positive rate of the test, after calibration, is [0,1.2%], and the study turns on a finding of a 0.9% infection rate.) h/t Tyler Cowen.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Peer Review of “COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California”

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Ahem


Blog: The Grumpy Economist | Ready to reopen?

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Evaluating Predictions in Hindsight

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Fast Grants, a project of Emergent Ventures against Covid-19, status update

Blog: Marginal Revolution | PPE Shortages and the Failure to Increase Prices

Blog: Marginal Revolution | One reason why food intended for restaurants is not reallocated to supermarkets


Blog: Gregory Lewis @ 80,000 Hours | Reducing global catastrophic biological risks

Blog: World Optimization | It’s sort of a weird shift in perspective to read the latest SSC post and see the list of people...

Blog: MeyerWeb | Pseudo-Randomly Adding Illustrations with CSS

Blog: Market Design | Coronavirus information, mis-information, conspiracy theories, web search, and social media

Blog: Marginal Revolution | CA Put Construction Into Limbo


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Jesús Fernández-Villaverde-Chad Jones epidemiological model

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Geographic Spread of COVID-19 Correlates with Structure of Social Networks as Measured by Facebook


Blog: Marginal Revolution | An econometrician on the SEIRD epidemiological model for Covid-19

Blog: The Grumpy Economist | SNAFU

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why social distancing will persist

Blog: Marginal Revolution | From my email, a note about epidemiology


Blog: Ben.Kuhn | College advice for people who are exactly like me

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Epidemiology and selection problems and further heterogeneities

Comic: SMBC | Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Life

Blog: What's New | John Conway

Blog: Market Design | Behavioral Economics, Computation, and Game Theory, all in Budapest in July, or online...

Blog: Marginal Revolution | What does this economist think of epidemiologists?

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | John Horton Conway (1937-2020)


Blog: Market Design | Market design seminars on Zoom, Monday afternoons in Paris

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Covid-19 testing in New Jersey

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Seemingly Popular Covid-19 Model is Obvious Nonsense


Blog: Scott Kominers @ Bloomberg View | Markets Can Improve Rationing of Medical Supplies — Light survey of contemporary and tpoical work in medical market design.

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The economics of supply cut-offs

Blog: Market Design | Clearinghouses are hard to organize in a hurry: volunteer medical workers in NYC

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Does working from home work?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | There’s No Such Things as a Free L̶u̶n̶c̶h Test





Blog: Marginal Revolution | Pickles are underrated

Blog: The Grumpy Economist | Whack-a-mole: the long run virus


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Thank You Bill Gates — "It’ll be a few billion dollars we’ll waste on manufacturing for the constructs that don’t get picked because something else is better,” Gates said in the clip. “But a few billion in this, the situation we’re in, where there’s trillions of dollars … being lost economically, it is worth it.”

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Trump Stops Masks from Going to Canada

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Tethered pairs and locational extremes


Blog: Marginal Revolution | World 2.0 — “There are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen”

Blog: Schneier on Security | Security and Privacy Implications of Zoom

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The fiscal multiplier during World War II


Blog: Marginal Revolution | FDA Prevents Import of Masks

Blog: Marginal Revolution | We do not yet have testing “takeoff”

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Barriers to masks


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Taking Initial Viral Load Seriously

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Small business aid through Fintech?