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  • NYT: Don’t worry, immigrants aren’t causing the Swedish crime wave, it’s their sons & grandsons! – The Unz Review
    There is a huge debate in Sweden about immigration and crime. And we know from earlier statistics that the foreign-born commit three times as many crimes on average as native-borns. But these riots and crimes in the suburbs, they are related mostly to drugs and gangs. Those people are born and raised in Sweden. It has nothing to do with the recent immigration. It’s the children of migrants and maybe people that came when they were young.
  • Why I favor taxing subsidized goods, Scott Sumner | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
    Recall that a subsidy will tend to increase output and reduce government revenue. A tax imposed on this same good will reduce output and increase government revenue, essentially reversing the effect of the subsidy, and thus moving you back closer to the optimal level of output.
  • CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Some Economics of Parental Leave
    “In a nutshell, there is little compelling evidence that extended parental leave rights have an overall positive effect on female outcomes. The policies with the strongest evidence for reducing gender disparities seem to be early childhood spending (in both cross-country and microdata) and in-work benefits (in the microdata). A potential common theme here is that making it easier to be a working mother may matter more than the length of leave or the payments.” 
  • How To Maximize Airline Miles With The SPG Amex Sign-Up Bonus – One Mile at a Time
    You can potentially do even better than that. If you’re interested in United miles, they have a special relationship with Marriott, so you can get 10% more miles for the same cost. That means that 90,000 Starpoints would get you 132,000 United miles plus a free week of hotel stays.
  • Setting the Record Straight on Educational Choice | Jay P. Greene’s Blog
    the research literature is generally positive. The few negative findings are disconcerting and should cause education reformers to think critically about policy design, but the literature still generally finds that students exercising school choice tend to perform as well or better than their district school peers, they’re more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college, they’re less likely to be involved in crime, and all these positive effects come at a much lower cost per pupil to the taxpayer. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of studies find that choice programs have a modest but statistically significant positive effect of the performance of district schools.
  • Which card earns the most United miles per dollar? A surprising answer… – Frequent Miler
    If you find that you can’t use your 7 night certificate, you may have luck in returning the certificate for 45,000 Marriott points.  Since those 45,000 Marriott points can be converted to 15,000 SPG points, that’s a 15K refund.  Your net cost in SPG points for those 132,000 United miles would be only 75,000 SPG points (90K – 15K).  Now we can recalculate the United miles earned per dollar by the SPG card: 132K / 75K = 1.76 United Miles per Dollar!
  • Surprising Test Results For Some Of The World’s Richest Students | The Huffington Post
    The data also makes for some jarring comparisons: Canada’s fourth decile performs as well as Chile’s top socioeconomic tier. Taiwan’s bottom sliver performs about as well as Montenegro’s wealthiest 10 percent. Vietnam’s bottom 10 percent slightly eclipses Peru’s top 10 percent. And the poorest kids in Poland perform about on par with Americans in the fourth decile.
  • TheMoneyIllusion » Argentina, Chile and China
    Argentina’s an interesting case to think about.  It’s a sort of composite of the worst of Chile and the worst of China.  Chile scores extremely high on economic freedom, the only developing country in the top 10 (unless Estonia is viewed as developing).  Argentina ranks 156 out of 180.  China’s sort of the opposite of Chile.  It ranks pretty low on economic freedom (#111), but (probably) pretty high on PISA scores.  I say “probably” because the scores being reported are for Shanghai, which is definitely smarter than the average Chinese city or village.  Indeed Shanghai scores above any other country in the world, including high achieving city-states like Hong Kong and Singapore.  Nonetheless, based on other studies I’ve seen, I am confident that China would still do pretty well on a more national PISA exam.  Perhaps about at Vietnam’s level.  (Vietnam is roughly comparable to Finland, and far above the US, UK or Sweden.)
  • My Deportation Index: The Drum Critique, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
    This is approximate, since the total population of illegal immigrants is a little fuzzy before 2000. But it’s close enough. Obama still has a higher removal rate and a lower index rate than any other president, but the winner for the title of Deporter-in-Chief is…Ronald Reagan. Every president since then has been successively more tolerant of a large undocumented population.
  • TheMoneyIllusion » In China, the nominal wages are real
    Across China’s labour force as a whole, hourly incomes now exceed those in every major Latin American state apart from Chile, and are at around 70 per cent of the level in weaker eurozone countries, according to data from Euromonitor International, a research group.


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