Reading Feed (May 2022)
Blog: Marginal Revolution | The magnitude of depolicing — "Using a time regression discontinuity design, we estimate a 72.7 percent decrease in lower-level “quality of life” arrests, and a 69 percent decrease in non-index crime arrests in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death. Our results also show that the decrease in arrests is driven by a 69 percent decrease in police-initiated calls for service. Using the same approach, we find a much smaller decrease of 2.7 percent in arrests and a 1.5 percent decrease in police calls following police-involved shootings..."
Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Covid 5/26/22: I Guess I Should Respond To This Week’s Long Covid Study — re: the study itself, see also this.
Blog: Marginal Revolution | That is now, this was then, Taiwan edition — An editorial from a prominent senator, circa 2001.
Blog: Marginal Revolution | How much are Republicans and Democrats polarized really? — "One question in the online survey…asks about property taxes instead of federal taxes: “Do you consider the amount of property taxes you pay to be too low, about right, or too high?”…the share of Democrats responding that property taxes are too high (36.9 percent) is not much lower than the corresponding share of Republicans (42.9 percent)."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Testing Freedom — "I think it’s not actually inexplicable because the FDA has a long, long history of just hating people testing themselves. So the FDA was against pregnancy tests, they didn’t like that, they said women they need to consult with a doctor, only the physician can do the test because literally women could become hysterical if they were pregnant or if they weren’t pregnant, this was a safety issue. There was no question that the test itself was safe or worked. Instead what the FDA said, “We can regulate this because the user using it, this could create safety issues because they could commit suicide or they could do something crazy.” So they totally expanded the meaning of safety from is the test safe to can somebody be trusted to use a pregnancy test? Then we had exactly the same thing with AIDS testing..."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Baby bust in India? — <2.0!!
Blog: Overcoming Bias | You Choose Inequality — "The median adult income worldwide is ~$1000 ($3000 per household), and median wealth is $7500. If you make/have more than those amounts, and if you are trying to increase your personal income and wealth, then..."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Ask and they shall deliver — "Companies in the [EU] would be allowed to build wind and solar projects without the need for an environmental impact assessment, according to draft proposals obtained by the Financial Times that call for the fast-track permitting of renewable projects in designated “go-to” areas."
Comic: xkcd | Health Data
Blog: Marginal Revolution | I favor bird consequentialism — Environmental conservation opposes radical climate action, part 17 of an ongoing series.
Blog: Market Design | Xenotransplantation and pork chops — "[W]hile pig organs aren't ready for transplant yet, it turns out that there are some people who are allergic to the alpha-gal sugar, and hence to meat. But they can eat the meat of these almost-transplant-ready pigs."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | How big a deal would a nuclear explosion be? — Tyler is "no longer so sure".
Blog: What's New | Partially specified mathematical objects, ambient parameters, and asymptotic notation — This is those 1-in-30 What's New posts which I actually understood end-to-end, which I guess is something?
Comic: SMBC | Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Grind — On math, and sports, and inspiring arcs of getting better.
Blog: Marginal Revolution | GDPR and the Lost Generation of Innovative Apps — "[W]e document that GDPR induced the exit of about a third of available apps; and in the quarters following implementation, entry of new apps fell by half."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Do welfare payments limit crime? — "As a result of these charges, the annual likelihood of incarceration increases by a statistically significant 60% in the two decades following SSI removal. The costs to taxpayers of enforcement and incarceration from SSI removal are so high that they nearly eliminate the savings to taxpayers from reduced SSI benefits."
Comic: xkcd | 2
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