Posts Tagged ‘human capital’

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    A Gender Gap in Looks

    Mar 17, 14 • 701 Views • No Comments

    Our Monday Gender Issue: Good looking men get more start-up dollars than less attractive men. However, all men get more money than women. They receive 93% of all venture capital funding: Hoping to discover why, researchers from Harvard, Wharton and MIT......  [read more]

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    Tall and Short Populations

    Feb 26, 14 • 950 Views • No Comments

    Princeton economist Angus Deaton estimates that it will take 500 years for Indian women to reach the height of English women. In The Great Escape, Dr. Deaton explains that a population could be short because of nutrition or disease. When babies consume......  [read more]

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    The Plight of the Night Owl

    Feb 23, 14 • 480 Views • No Comments

    I must start with my bias. I am a night owl. So too were Winston Churchill and Charles Darwin, James Joyce and Glenn Gould. In one interview, Ann Beattie said, “I really think people’s bodies are on different clocks. I even feel now like I just......  [read more]

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    A Big Problem for Libraries

    Feb 18, 14 • 774 Views • No Comments

    Several weeks ago, I had the huge pleasure of attending the final hour of the marathon reading of Moby Dick at the Nantucket Public Library. The stacks that surrounded me were filled with books and almost everyone had a copy of Moby Dick open to the final......  [read more]

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    Problems With Grade Deflation

    Feb 13, 14 • 685 Views • 1 Comment

    The number of hours we study is down and our grades are up. Between 1961 and 2003, full time college students diminished their study time from 40 to 27 hours a week. And yet, they have been getting higher grades. In 1940, 15% of all students got A’s. In......  [read more]