Quotes & Links #54

1) growthecon.com: Genetic Origins of Economic Development

An entirely different kind of study is one where the researcher looks at a specific gene(s), with a known biological function, and examines whether this has a social or economic influence.

Some interesting aspects how development and genetics might have interacted.

2) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: China drinks a surprising amount of alcohol
ONLY FIFTH! GERMANS GOTTA DRINK MORE ALCOHOL. How much is 15l aclohol per year in beer anyway? 600? Assuming 0.5l and 5% alcohol content per beer. 0,025l/beer * 600 = 15.

3) scilogs.de/das-sabattical: Quinoa: Licht und Schatten eines Wunderkörnchens

Als Mitte der 1990er Jahre die amerikanische Raumfahrt Quinoa auch noch als ideale Astronautennahrung entdeckte, vervielfachte sich der Preis. Heute kostet ein Kilo ungefähr doppelt so viel wie ein Kilo Hühnerfleisch und vier Mal so viel wie Reis.

Mir scheint, da könnte man durch gezieltere Zucht/Genveränderung vielleicht noch mehr herausholen? Ich frage mich, warum es die Anbauflächen nicht weiter vergrößert werden? In China (oder sosntwo) müsste es doch ähnliche Wetterverhältnisse geben, v. a. da “die Pflanzen geringe Ansprüche an Boden und Wasser stellt”. Hmm.

4) washingtonpost.com/monkey-cage: Aaron Schock’s downfall tells us we need to look at political spending as well as giving

5) blog.dilbert.com: My Verdict on Gender Bias in the Workplace
I don’t agree with everything he writes (my phrasing would be more careful), but I think he gets the gist right. I’ll hopefully have an article about some aspects of gender wage gap soon.

6) imgur.com: European Quality of Government Index (EQI)

7) overcomingbias.com: Dissing Track Records
An article how transparency would improve market outcomes.

8) theeconomist.com: The economy and productivity – Bargain basement

The French could take Friday off and still produce more than Britons do in a week.

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9) supplysideliberal.com: Noah Smith—Jews: The Parting of the Ways

The breakup of Judaism was interrupted by the Holocaust, which united Jews in suffering. But that interruption was temporary – eventually, the forces of globalization, secularization, and nationalism were destined to put an end to the strange little European subculture of yesteryear.

I wonder how big of a problem that is for Israel?

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