A week of links

Links this week:

  1. Eric Falkenstein on Stevenson and Wolfers’s happiness research. “When an economist tells you a symmetric ovoid contains a highly significant trend via the power of statistics, don’t believe them”.
  2. Australia’s Productivity Commission has fingered genetics as a cause of differences in educational attainment. It’s healthy that ideas such as this are starting to be mentioned in serious discussion (although the Commission still treats the issue as though it is walking on eggshells).
  3. Rory Sutherland suggests we need more Darwinists, fewer economists. Read the last paragraph.
  4. Diane Coyle reviews An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups and Networks. I’ve started reading it and will review myself in the next few weeks.
  5. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends adjusting BMI recommendations by ethnicity. (HT: hbd chick).

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