Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Catherine Rampell reports on Claudia Goldin's work on college grades and chosen majors. Women seem to react more strongly than men to receiving lower grades in terms of their ultimate choices of majors. Thanks to Greg Mankiw's blog for posting this.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Paul Krugman's column points to new IMF research that reveals no clear growth penalty for greater redistribution and reduced inequality. Since we redistribute through the tax code, and taxes bring distortions and deadweight costs, this is a surprising development.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Economist reports on the stalled demographic transition in Africa, where fertility has been a little higher than UN estimates among half the continent's population.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Another article about father's age and child outcomes was profiled in the Guardian by science writer Ian Sample with quotes from the lead author and from me and Jenn Roff at Queens College. We think this research is interesting, but we're unsure whether the statistical strategy, which examines siblings rather than similar kids in different families, can plausibly separate the effects of paternal age from birth order. Are junior's test scores lower because his dad was older when he was born, or because his older sibling absorbed more parental time? Or did the parents get divorced?
Monday, March 3, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman is joining the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and the Luxembourg Income Study group. In his blog post, he highlights the lifestyle changes associated with living and working in New York City, along with a solidified focus on income inequality and employment with a public university.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
An article on BBC.co.uk discusses research into the evolutionary genetics of homosexuality, with an interesting reference to increased nurturing behavior by e.g. uncles. Kind of like the grandmother hypothesis about post-reproductive longevity.