Eugene Wei

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Answering the Hardest Question in Economics

Xavier Gabaix, a New York University economist who gets far less attention than he should, has written what might prove to be the most interesting …

Interest Rates

Visiting New York Showed Me Why I Left

My family and I live just down the road from a giant grocery store. Not a Key Food, not a corner store, not a produce stall, but one of those …

New York City

The year of democratic decay

The failed coup attempt in Turkey has been disturbing to watch for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the loss of life that came with the attempt. The second is that the coup was even attempted at all; extralegal efforts at regime change are always disturbing to see in members of the …

Democracy

The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

I don't know anyone who loves fried chicken as much as my wife. It's her greatest weakness. She'd rat her own mother out for a good buffalo wing. It's one of the three foods that has prevented her from going full-on vegetarian (hot dogs and beef jerky are the others). With a husband who cooks for a …

Food

Check Your Amnesia, Dude: On the Vox Generation of Punditry

Last night, Donald Trump shocked the world, or at least the pundit class, when the <i>New York Times</i> published a wide-ranging interview Trump had given …

Political history

Are mass shootings contagious? Some scientists who study how viruses spread say yes.

A man had just gone on a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Mich., allegedly killing six people while driving for Uber. Sherry Towers, an Arizona State University physicist who studies how viruses spread, worried while watching the news coverage.<p>Last year, Towers published a study using mathematical …

Psychology

A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

<i>This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the US criminal justice system.</i><p>One …

Policing

The Business of Too Much TV

In Hollywood, the tweets and email alerts from industry trades trumpeting the announcements of superstar actors and showrunners attached to flashy TV …

The R.N.C. on TV: The Ted Wedding

Well, there’s one thing you have to say about last night at the Republican National Convention: it made for great live television. You couldn’t look away, even if you wanted to.<p>“And to those listening,” Senator Ted Cruz said, standing before an arena of Republican delegates, with his usual gaze of …

Ted Cruz

Free throws are easy when there are no consequences for failing

Steph was <i>back</i>.<p>Six minutes and 2 seconds into Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Stephen …

Psychology

5 for the Day: Wish List | The House Next Door

Lead illustration by Peet Gelderblom. These films are not in production, except in my imagination.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Moby Dick</b>. Written and directed by Terrence …

Terrence Malick

Pushing And Pulling Goals

This is a distinction I’ve always found helpful.<p>A pulling goal is when you want to achieve something, so you come up with a plan and a structure. For …

Atheism

The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social Networks

<i>By Paul Omerod</i><p>Modern economic theory was first set out on a formal basis in the late 19th century. While there have been many developments since …

Science

Bad Moods Are the Other Global Migration Problem

Gloom is contagious. Good cheer? Not so much.

Globalization

The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games by Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier, Allison Stewart

Given that Olympic Games held over the past decade each have cost USD 8.9 billion on average, the size and financial risks of the Games warrant …

Oxford

Americans experiencing a medical emergency in public receive assistance from bystanders 4.2 percent of the time if they are white and 1.8 percent of the time if they are black, and income inequality has been growing among the elderly. Mexican doctors reported diphallia in a dead eighty-three-year-old man free of other malformations. Finnish researchers found erogenous zones to be more expansive during partnered sex than during masturbation. Women in the United States who move to areas of higher socioeconomic status buy shoes whose heel heights conform to local norms; those who move to areas of lower socioeconomic status retain their …

Americans experiencing a medical emergency in public receive assistance from bystanders 4.2 percent of the time if they are white and 1.8 percent of …

Large Hadron Collider

A Manifesto Against 'Parenting'

A strange thing happened to mothers and fathers and children at the end of the 20th century. It was called “parenting.” As long as there have been human beings, mothers and fathers and many others have taken special care of children. But the word “parenting” didn’t appear in the U.S. until 1958, …

Parenting

Economic Growth

Compounding<p>In an update on an old story, an investment banker asks the client to pay by placing one penny on the first square of a chessboard, two …

Economics

Faculty Spotlight: Erik Hurst | Becker Friedman Institute

The London School of Economics (LSE) is hosting me while I work on my summer research and give talks throughout the region. I have presented my work …

There Goes the Neighborhood

Is it really a problem when poor areas get richer?<p>At the Golden Globe Awards, in January, Ennio Morricone won Best Original Score for his contribution to “The Hateful Eight,” the Quentin Tarantino Western. Accepting the award on Morricone’s behalf was Tarantino himself, who brandished the trophy in …

Gentrification

Headphones Everywhere

Anyone who has recently spent time in a public space—traversing the aisle of an airplane, say, lurching toward your seat adjacent to the toilet, trying to shift your backpack without thwapping a fellow traveller on the forehead—has likely noticed the sudden and extraordinary ubiquity of headphones. …

Headphones

Why it’s impossible to calculate the percentage of police shootings that are legitimate

There’s been much talk this week about a new study from Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. on racial bias in police shootings. Much of the coverage has focused on the study’s surprising-to-some conclusion that racial bias doesn’t factor into police use of lethal force, at least in the …

Policing

Instagram and the Fantasy of Mastery

<i>“It’s not judgment, but it’s taste. You have to have a certain amount of taste to decide what to do.”</i> —Kevin Systrom, cofounder of Instagram<p><i>“I can’t</i> …

Photography

Trump Days

Up close with the candidate and his crowds.<p>He Appears<p>Trump is wearing the red baseball cap, or not. From this distance, he is strangely handsome, well proportioned, puts you in mind of a sea captain: Alan Hale from “Gilligan’s Island,” say, had Hale been slimmer, richer, more self-confident. We are …

Donald Trump

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

• Chapter 1 "Inmates Run This Bitch"<br>• Chapter 2 Prison Experiments <br>• Chapter 3 The CCA Way <br>• Chapter 4 "You Got to Survive" <br>• Chapter 5 Lockdown <br>Chapter 1: …

Why did the Stars Wars and Star Trek worlds turn out so differently?

That question came up briefly in my chat with Cass Sunstein, though we didn’t get much of a chance to address it. In the Star Trek world there is …

Star Trek

Scotty Moore, the Legendary Guitarist on Elvis Presley’s Earliest Records, Has Died

Scotty Moore died Tuesday at the age of 84, the Memphis <i>Commercial Appeal</i> reports. Moore was the lead guitarist for Elvis Presley on the Sun Studios …

Audio Quality

Terminator: The Simone de Beauvoir Chronicles

When Dostoyevsky was a young man he got involved in a somewhat left-wing group which advocated freedom of the serfs and democracy in Russia. They …

Terminator

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

• <b>The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010s</b><p>It became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of …

Political history

Do the Experts Know Anything?

This has been a terrible day for experts.<p>Economic professionals were overwhelmingly of the opinion that leaving the European Union would hurt the …

European Union