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Open to minds – reopening to international students

New Zealand's today hit zero new cases of Covid-19. With appropriate upscaling of contact tracing and rigorous quarantining of newly found cases, it's very possible to see New Zealand largely reopening, at least internally.The rest of the world remains a problem.And, sadly, a bit of an opportunity.New Zealand could wind up being the only place in the world where you can undertake normal university study with lectures and student life.That presents an enormous opportunity to expand...

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Heat and learning

By Jisung Park, Joshua Goodman, Michael Hurwitz and Jonathan Smith, in the latest issue of the AEA policy journal: We demonstrate that heat inhibits learning and that school air conditioning may mitigate this effect. Student fixed effects models using 10 million students who retook the PSATs show that hotter school days in the years before the test was taken reduce scores, with extreme heat being particularly damaging. Weekend and summer temperatures have little impact, suggesting heat...

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Melissa Dell, economic historian, wins John Bates Clark award

Very well-deserved, here is the full account, including a summary of her research.  Excerpt: Historians (e.g., Engerman and Sokolov) have long argued for the persistence of institutions and the “long shadow” of historical events on developing countries. For example, cross-national studies have noted that Latin America and North America organized labor differently during colonial periods and used cross-country historical data to support the idea that these differences have had long-run...

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China fact of the day

The U.S. higher education sector will also be hard hit, with U.S. universities increasingly dependent on tuition from Chinese students. According to the Institute of International Education, China has remained the largest source of international students for ten years running,44 with 369,548 Chinese students enrolled in U.S. higher education programs in 2018 and contributing $15 billion in tuition payments.45 The postponement or cancellation of U.S. college entrance examinations in China,...

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My Conversation with Philip Tetlock

Here is the audio and transcript, here is part of the summary: He joined Tyler to discuss whether the world as a whole is becoming harder to predict, whether Goldman Sachs traders can beat forecasters, what inferences we can draw from analyzing the speech of politicians, the importance of interdisciplinary teams, the qualities he looks for in leaders, the reasons he’s skeptical machine learning will outcompete his research team, the year he thinks the ascent of the West became inevitable, how...

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Iliya Valchanov: What Makes a Data Scientist?

Research into 1,001 Data Scientist LinkedIn Profiles, the latest Previous post Next post =>    Tags: Career, Data Scientist, Education, Industry, LinkedIn What makes a data scientist today? Consider this review of data collected from three years worth of data scientist LinkedIn profiles to gain insight into how this important new career path is shaping up. By Iliya Valchanov, 365 Data Science. comments For the last few...

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Hiring Freezes & Endowment Hoarding

Hiring Freezes & Endowment Hoarding April 11, 2020 in economics, education, hiring freezes | Tags: economics, endowment hoarding, hiring freeze Some days ago I learnt that a job offer to a promising postdoc I advise evaporated. Not unexpected in these times, but disappointing neverthelessThere are now about 300 Universities with hiring pauses or freezes in place. For Universities that are tuition driven, this is understandable. For those with large endowments of which a...

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Zoom Bombing a High School Class

I “zoom bombed” a high school class that is using Modern Principles of Economics. I thought that it would be useful to relate some virus economics to some regular economics. Here’s what I said: Why has the response to coronavirus been so poor? Exponential growth, rare events, and the necessity of using theory instead of experience. Coronavirus infections, when unchecked, double approximately every three days. If we start out with 1000 infections that means in 10 doublings,...

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