Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (July 2020)


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 7/30: Whack a Mole

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Bezo’s Statement


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | New Paper on Herd Immunity Thresholds

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The economics of fungi


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Ocean Grove, New Jersey travel notes


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Experienced Segregation


Blog: Marginal Revolution | From the comments, on coronaviruses


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Frequent, Fast, and Cheap is Better than Sensitive


Blog: Ben.Kuhn | Be impatient

Blog: Ben.Kuhn | Be impatient

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Innocent Verdicts

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 7/23: The Second Summit

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The case against the import of GPT-3

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | The Busy Beaver Frontier


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Which country has had the best response to the coronavirus?

Blog: Market Design | More applications, from fewer applicants per position in Vascular Surgery residencies


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Fresh Bread


Blog: Marginal Revolution | My podcast with David Perell on “the Tyler Cowen production function”


Blog: Market Design | Stony Brook Game Theory conference, July 20-24

Blog: Marginal Revolution | COVID‐19 Pandemic Imperils Weather Forecast


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Mood affiliation, the police, and rising crime rates

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why does America have such old leaders?


Blog: Market Design | Open letter supporting human challenge trials for COVID-19 vaccines

Blog: Marginal Revolution | George Mason’s critique of the American Constitution


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 7/16: Becoming the Mask

Blog: Jeffrey.Zeldman | First, be kind.

Blog: Market Design | Market clearing by queuing, by Ashlagi, Leshno, Qian and Saberi


Comic: xkcd | COVID Risk Chart

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why not buy up a college campus?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Our regulatory state is failing us, antibodies edition


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Saturday assorted links

Blog: Market Design | Economics and Computation 2020 updated program, July 13-16

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid-19: Analysis of Mortality Data

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Fight the Virus! Please.


Blog: JeffTK | Maximal Ventilation — "In general, it seems to me that a lot of guidance is still heavily focused on surfaces, and not adapting quickly enough to we're learning about the risks of poor ventilation..."

Comic: xkcd | Hamster Ball 2

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The arrival of cheap food in England


Blog: Jeffrey.Zeldman | Never give up

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 7/9: Lies, Damn Lies and Death Rates

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Pooled Testing is Super-Beneficial

Blog: Marginal Revolution | A highly qualified reader emails me on heterogeneity


Blog: Market Design | Will curtailing early hiring/unraveling help diversity?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Southeast Asia coronavirus update

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Signaling vs. certification at Harvard

Blog: The Grumpy Economist | Magical monetary theory full review


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Spoiler-Free Review: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (plus a Spoilerific section)

Blog: Popehat | The Fourth of July [rerun]

Blog: Tyler Cowen @ Bloomberg View | The NBA’s Reopening Is a Warning Sign for the U.S. Economy — "If so many NBA players are pondering non-participation, how keen do you think those workers — none of whom are millionaire professional athletes — are about returning to the office?"

Comic: SMBC | Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Holism


Blog: Market Design | Job market technology is diffusing slowly through the armed forces

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Tales from Trinidad barter markets in everything — "Since December he’s been trying to get his taxi badge... The day arrives to collect. He’s told typewriter is not working over a week... The post goes on to say that officials at Licensing agreed that if they got a typewriter they would be able to provide the taxi badge... Money paid. He calls later to say everyone is getting their license today. He actually called twice while at licensing office to get further instruction on operating the typewriter. Well done, young man. Well done!"

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Board Games As Policy Arguments

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Combining life insurance and health insurance — "We estimate the benefit of life-extending medical treatments to life insurance companies. Our main insight is that life insurance companies have a direct benefit from such treatments because they lower the insurer’s liabilities by pushing the death benefit further into the future and raising future premium income. We apply this insight to immunotherapy, treatments associated with durable gains in survival rates for a growing number of cancer patients. We estimate that the life insurance sector’s aggregate benefit from FDA-approved immunotherapies is $9.8 billion a year..."


Blog: Schneier on Security | The Security Value of Inefficiency — "All of the overcapacity that has been squeezed out of our healthcare system; we now wish we had it. All of the redundancy in our food production that has been consolidated away; we want that, too. We need our old, local supply chains -- not the single global ones that are so fragile in this crisis. And we want our local restaurants and businesses to survive, not just the national chains..."

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 7/2: It Could Be Worse

Blog: World Optimization | I tend to be intuitively skeptical of people saying negative things about “workaholism,” “perfectionism,” etc.

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Seeking Robust Credible Expertise Buyers


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why American lockdown exceptionalism? — "There is a mechanism of social conformity at work here. Most people will not tolerate a small risk to their lives to dine out, for instance — but they might if all their friends are doing the same. The appeal of a restaurant isn’t just the food, it’s the shared experience and the sense that others are doing it, too..."

Blog: Marginal Revolution | When Police Kill — "Both the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest-Related Deaths and the FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Reports estimated around 400-500 police kills a year, circa 2010. But the two series have shockingly low overlap–homicides counted in one series are not counted in the other and vice-versa. A statistical estimate based on the lack of overlap suggests a true rate of around 1000 police killings per year..."