Posts Tagged ‘human capital’

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    Tall and Short Populations

    Feb 26, 14 • 1318 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]

  • Human Capital and sleep

    The Plight of the Night Owl

    Feb 23, 14 • 562 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 • 850 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]

  • Grade Inflation Bubble

    Problems With Grade Deflation

    Feb 13, 14 • 879 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]

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    The Reason That Certain Quarterbacks Earn More

    Feb 2, 14 • 611 Views • No Comments

    A 3.2 difference in a facial symmetry score can mean an extra $378,000 in  pay for a quarterback. According to research from economist David Berri on salaries from 1995-2009, if a quarterback is better looking, his salary will exceed others with similar......  [read more]