Monthly Archives: November 2013

No Assholes in Foxholes

Here’s a good abstract: Levitt and List (2007) conjecture that selection pressures among business people will reduce or eliminate pro-social choices. While recent work comparing students with various adult populations often fails to find that adults are less pro-social, this … Continue reading

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What Else Will Driverless Cars Do?

Help us live longer: A few years back, Robert Ohsfeldt of Texas A&M and John Schneider of the University of Iowa asked the obvious question: what happens if you remove deaths from fatal injuries from the life expectancy tables? Among the … Continue reading

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Will Driverless Cars Kill Insurance?

My initial thought about driverless cars was that the tort liability system will kill the whole idea. But now I’ve heard more big thinking about what it could possibly mean to have driverless cars and I’m starting to think I … Continue reading

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Every Rookie Makes The Same Mistake

“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not … Continue reading

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Is The Stock Market Overvalued or Not?!

I’m too much of an efficient markets guy for that title to be entirely serious but today I’ve seen two interesting graphs and read one really deep blog post that are making me think. Here is graph 1: If you … Continue reading

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Your Computer To Teach You

Here is a 2011 Kurt VanLehn paper (pdf) on human vs. computer systems of tutoring: This article is a review of experiments comparing the effectiveness of human tutoring, computer tutoring, and no tutoring.  “No tutoring” refers to instruction that teaches the same … Continue reading

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