Saturday, 9 January 2010

Interesting blog bits

A bit of weekend reading:
  1. William Easterly and Laura Freschi on the The Power of Searchers. They searched, they found.
  2. David Friedman on Jewish and Irish Law. There are connections.
  3. Jason Kuznicki points out that Blasphemy Laws Are an Admission of Failure. A failure of free speech at least.
  4. Bryan Caplan has A Modest Proposal for Wannabe Humanities Profs.
  5. An interview with Raghuram Rajan. If you have to ask, there's no point in reading it.
  6. Jeffrey Miron asks Should Polygamy be Legal?
  7. Madsen Pirie argues Caution: Government warnings can damage your health. The government wants you to stop all those things you enjoy.
  8. Charlotte Bowyer is Looking at CCTV. And doesn't like what she sees. Britain is the most watched nation in the world with around 4 million CCTV cameras installed across Britain. My issue with these cameras is, if the criminals know they are there, won't they just change their behaviour, the way or places they carry out crimes, in such a way as to reduce the usefulness of the cameras?
  9. Laura Alfaro and Maggie Chen on Multinational firms, agglomeration, and global networks. Agglomeration effects are important but difficult to measure. This column uses a new database with precise geographical information to investigate the locational interdependence of multinational firms. Knowledge spillovers and capital- and labour-market externalities exert a significant effect on the co-agglomeration of multinational headquarters, while input-output linkages also play a significant role in the case of subsidiary co-agglomeration.
  10. Franklin G Mixon Jr. and Kamal P Upadhyaya on Blogometrics. A new ranking of economics blogs based on the scholarly impact of the bloggers. It has to be wrong as I'm not on it!
  11. Peter Boettke on Blogology 101: The Important Role of Shaming. What to do about the the lack of civility evident in the comments sections of blogs.
  12. David Boaz ponders What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen. The unseen costs of regulation and also of the often unseen benefits of market processes.

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