Sunday, March 22, 2009

How Economics can get you a date

By Tim Harford, my favourite pop Economics writer:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I have just left UFPel for a position as professor of Economics at the Center for Engineering, Modeling and Applied Social Sciences at UFABC, São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The legacy of slavery

Nathan Nunn has published amazing papers on the economic legacy of slave trade for the development of Africa (his paper with Diego Puga is impressive as well). Now his paper with Leonard Wantchekon shows that "individuals whose ancestors were heavily raided during the slave trade today exhibit less trust in neighbors, relatives, and their local government".

HT Claudio Shikida.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

If Pollock were a graph designer

Forget Andrew Gelman and his clean graphs. The new style is Pollock-esque.
Congratulations to Ian!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Inequality in Latin America was low

Stop the press and read Jeffrey Williamson's paper. I haven't read it yet, but I am wondering if the results hold if you consider the concepts of inequality possibility frontier and the inequality extraction ratio.