14 Feb 2018

Links of interest

  1. Ronald Coase's 1937 paper on the Nature of the Firm made it clear that a firm should not outsource if the costs of managing information and incentives exceeded the benefits of outside efficiency. The US health system, British Rail and other confused failures show his ideas are still relevant.
  2. Is college a waste of time and money? The data say yes, so you'd better think before you buy
  3. Redditors comparing Facebook, Blackboard, Canvas, et al. for classes. (I'm using Slack.)
  4. 12 Rules for life (e.g., don't argue with your spouse when you can solve the problem with $)
  5. Listen to David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" speech on learning to think
  6. How Amazon might disrupt health care (by making markets)
  7. Aaron Wolf (a researcher who focuses on how water sharing can promote peace) is endogenizing his area by promoting dialogue to reduce conflict
  8. Cooperation over the Danube requires large investments in people and relationships
  9. An update on basinwide water cooperation in Latin America fits the framework I discussed in this chapter [pdf], i.e., a water source can be shared for peace or fought over
  10. How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant
  11. Some interesting thoughts on the future smart homes and the internet of things

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