Archive for July 4th, 2012

Can Behavioral Economics Combat Obesity?

July 4, 2012

Michael L. Marlow (of CPSU) and Sherzod Abdukadirov (of GMU) write this nice note.

They argue that there is little reason to think that govt. nudges will shrink Americans’ waistlines.

Obesity is one of the major concerns  for both US public and policymakers:

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Fiscal Union of US and Canda (and what about India..)

July 4, 2012

Two super posts on the two countries. This one is on US fiscal union and this one on Canadian. Both talk about the fiscal transfers to troubled states.

Mississippi seems to be Greece of US and Manitoba of Canada. Both get substantial transfers from their respective federal governments. The post on Us has this excellent map which shows how much each state gets:

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Comparing financial market exit with cinema hall exit

July 4, 2012

Lasse H. Pedersen of NYU received the 2011 Bernacer Prize (modeled on Clark medal and given to happening European econs below 40; though most of the winners work in US univs). Here is a nice speech from Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of ECB explaining his research.

I was scanning his research (high quant stuff in finance) and came across this fab paper. It compares exits in financial markets with those in cinema halls:

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