Links I Like [Dictionary Edition]

Over the last month or so, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has been pushing out excellent content – particularly as it surrounds all of the political craziness and chaos. Here is a post about the meaning of “facts” or “a piece of information presented as having an objective reality”. Here is a post about the origins of the…

[Book Review] Slow Kingdom Coming

Over the past few weeks – in the break between semesters – I’ve been able to find time to read. I’ve read less than I wanted to (of course), but have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books I read. In this post, I will review one of these books, Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice,…

Hope as a “Gustibus Multiplier” in Development Economics

What is a “Gustibus Multiplier”? That is what I thought when I read the title of Michael Carter’s recent paper in Agricultural Economics entitled, “What farmers want: the ‘gustibus multiplier’ and other behavioral insights on agricultural development“. It turns out, De gustibus non est disputandum is a Latin phrase meaning “In matters of taste, there can be no…

Links I Like [11.16]

Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President How Economic Gobbledygook Divides Us What Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim can tell us about economics The correlation between education and white support for Trump disappears when you control for racial resentment Why “God is in Control” is Just the Starting Place American Political Decay…

Machine Learning in Economics… A Fad?

Over the holiday weekend (in the United States) The Economist ran an article with the title: “Economists are Prone to Fads, and the Latest is Machine Learning“. As I am currently taking a class on ‘Big Data for Economists’, this article peaked my interest. The following chart was shown to visualize some recent trends within…

Reflections on the Past Week

Like many people, I’ve spent the last week numb – and to be perfectly honest – shocked. I process best by writing and I’ve written a lot over the past week. Most of this writing won’t be shared (not on this blog anyway). I’ve thought a lot about what the role of this blog is…