Links this week:
- A week ago I posted about a piece in the Economist on Greg Clark’s work using surnames to estimate social mobility. A debate followed the Economist article, with contributions by Miles Corak, Fransicso Ferreira, Greg Clark (and again), and Jason Long. All are worth reading.
- Jonathan Last notes three issues that he would include in a second edition of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster. The third relates to my recent working paper with Oliver Richards on natural selection driving an increase in fertility.
- The anthropology wars are in full swing at the moment, moving from Diamond to Chagnon. The two most interesting articles I read this week were by Alice Dreger in the Atlantic and John Horgan in Scientific American. I’d be interested in hearing a response from the gang of five to Horgan’s claims.
- Half a year late, I have finally read this article by Dierdre McCloskey on the measurement of happiness. Its full of straw men, but many passages are fantastic.