Archive for July 9th, 2012

Women’s choice of keeping surnames post marriages: Some economics..

July 9, 2012

I have been trying to read some non-crisis and non-macro papers these days (to remain sane).

I just came across this superb paper written in 2001 by Claudia Goldin and Maris Shim. It looks at this issue of whether women keep their maiden name or their husband surname post marriage.  The paper went onto become  part of ongoing project called Harvard and Beyond.

The paper looks at two datasets. Both datasets show women increasingly retain their maiden names. This is because of changes in society with women getting increasingly educated and professionally known. When women “make a name” they increasingly retain their maiden name:



Euro Zone Nations’ wrestle with Rodrik’s ‘Trilemma’

July 9, 2012

A superb article by Stephen Castle of NYT.

I had tried to summarise several trilemmas here. Infact Europe is going through all of these trilemmas:


Investment bankers believe their decisions are better than chance.. rest of us pay for their delusions…

July 9, 2012

The title has been picked from this amazing interview of Daniel Kahneman (HT: MR Blog).

There are quite a few one-liners which have amazing insights. Call them Kahnemanisms if you like:

This one on his work is just amazing:


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