Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  1. Something to Smile About

    Chris Patten

    Something to Smile About

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     provides an argument with teeth about the sources of human happiness.

    Happiness Lino Petito/Flickr

    P.J. O’Rourke had a point when he argued that the best thing about living in the twenty-first century, rather than in some “golden age” of the past, is modern dentistry. At a time when the world is plagued by conflict and tragedy, healthy teeth are a reminder, however mundane, of economic progress and human happiness. READ MORE

  2. Inequality and the Internet

    J. Bradford DeLong

    Inequality and the Internet

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     asks whether broadband accessibility can offset the growing gap in income and wealth.

    Google Glass Jessica Tezak/ZumaPress

    Today, nearly every resident of a developed country can easily afford a smartphone, thereby gaining inexpensive access to a universe of human knowledge that, until a generation ago, only the richest could afford. Is it possible that conventional measures of inequality and income vastly underestimate just how good we have it? READ MORE

  3. The Drag on E-Cigarettes

    Jacques Le Houezec

    The Drag on E-Cigarettes

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     wants governments and health authorities to recognize the lifesaving potential of e-cigarettes.

    E-cigarettes MomentiMedia/Flickr

    New nicotine-delivery systems like e-cigarettes are not just temporary aids for people attempting to quit smoking cigarettes; they could act as long-term alternatives to tobacco, making the virtual elimination of high-risk tobacco consumption a real possibility. So why are health authorities discouraging their use? READ MORE

  4. Philosopher Kings Versus Philosopher Presidents

    Robert Skidelsky
  5. The Economic Consequences of Sex

    Mukesh Eswaran

    The Economic Consequences of Sex

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     finds compelling the post-modernist view that women are constrained by socially constructed ideas.

    Zambia Africa woman Georgina Smith/Flickr

    If assumptions about gender (such as innate differences in abilities) have become intellectually untenable, why do gender differences in economic outcomes persist? Economists have recently identified a fundamental reason in a phenomenon that remains pervasive: the gap in autonomy (or bargaining power) between women and men. READ MORE

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