Assorted Links

It is good to be back after a 2 day break. However, it is painful preparing the assorted list. Here it goes:

1. An excellent speech by Bernanke on Trade
2. Read this Ken Rogoff take on Wolfowitz. Really Funny.
3. Racism in NBA Basketball. Read the review here. This is the most discussed paper in blogosphere. The summary of the study is:

The authors find that during the 13 NBA seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players. However, they find a corresponding bias in which black officials called fouls more frequently against white players, though that tendency was not as strong. They went on to claim that the different rates at which fouls are called “is large enough that the probability of a team winning is noticeably affected by the racial composition of the refereeing crew assigned to the game.”

This is mind-blowing stuff.

4. Jagdish Bhagwati and Alan Blinder had a debate on Outsourcing in Harvard yesterday. Read Rodrik’s comments. I am still waiting for some transctript on the same.

5. What is Crowdsourcing?

Thanks to Mankiw for 2 & 3. Thanks to my colleague Varsha for 5

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