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Research Articles

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Thomson, William. “Children Crying at Birthday Parties. Why?” Economic Theory 31, no. 3 (2007): 501–21. JSTOR link

Bradley, V.C., Kuriwaki, S., Isakov, M. et al. Unrepresentative big surveys significantly overestimated US vaccine uptake. Nature 600, 695–700 (2021). DOI

Nicola Gennaioli, Andrei Shleifer, What Comes to Mind, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 125, Issue 4, November 2010, Pages 1399–1433, DOI

Wang, Shaoda, and David Y. Yang. 2021. “Policy Experimentation in China: The Political Economy of Policy Learning.” Working Paper 29402. National Bureau of Economic Research NBER link,

Eyster, Erik, Shengwu Li, and Sarah Ridout. 2022. “A Theory of Ex Post Rationalization.” ArXiv:2107.07491 [Econ], March. ArXiv link

Roussille, Nina. 2022. "The central role of the ask gap in gender pay inequality" WP link

Ambuehl, Sandro, and B. Douglas Bernheim. 2021. “Interpreting the Will of the People: A Positive Analysis of Ordinal Preference Aggregation.” Working Paper 29389. National Bureau of Economic Research. NBER link
More social choice theory goodies

Becker, Anke. 2021. "On the Economic Origins of Restricting Women’s Promiscuity" WP link

Dal Bó, Ernesto, and Pedro Dal Bó. 2011. “Workers, Warriors, and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium.” Journal of the European Economic Association, 9 (4): 646–77.JSTOR link

Andrews, Michael. 2019. “Bar Talk: Informal Social Interactions, Alcohol Prohibition, and Invention.” SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3489466. SSRN link

Barrios, John M., Yael V. Hochberg, and Hanyi Yi. 2022. “Launching with a Parachute: The Gig Economy and New Business Formation.” Journal of Financial Economics 144 (1): 22–43 DOI

Glaeser, Edward L., Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, and Andrei Shleifer. 2004. “Do Institutions Cause Growth?” Journal of Economic Growth 9 (3): 271–303. . DOI.

Wen, Jaya Y. "State Employment as a Strategy of Autocratic Control in China." Working Paper, January 2022. WP Link

Nunn, Nathan. 2021. “History as Evolution.” In The Handbook of Historical Economics, 41–91. Elsevier. DOI

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. 2014. “Under the Thumb of History? Political Institutions and the Scope for Action.” Working Paper 19848. National Bureau of Economic Research DOI.

Riley, Emma. 2022. “Role Models in Movies: The Impact of Queen of Katwe on Students’ Educational Attainment.” The Review of Economics and Statistics, January, 1–48. DOI
     This article is absolutely wild. They showed the movie Queen of Katwe to a bunch of Ugandan kids, and guess what? The chance that a female student fails math drops from 32% to 18%. Seeing the movie also closes the gender gap in upper schools and in the college application process. It also costs like five dollars per student and probably a lot less once they scale up. Just incredible stuff here.

Paola Giuliano, Nathan Nunn, Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change, The Review of Economic Studies, Volume 88, Issue 4, July 2021, Pages 1541–1581, DOI

Can, B., Csóka, P. & Ergin, E. How to choose a fair delegation?. Econ Theory 72, 1339–1373 (2021). DOI
    Social choice theorists be like: "Reports of my deaths has been greatly exaggerated"

Andrews, Michael, "Bar Talk: Informal Social Interactions, Alcohol Prohibition, and Invention" 2020. SSRN link

Mayshar, Joram, Omer Moav, and Luigi Pascali. 2021. “The Origin of the State: Land Productivity or Appropriability?” Journal of Political Economy (Just Accepted)DOI

David Schindler, Mark Westcott, Shocking Racial Attitudes: Black G.I.s in Europe, The Review of Economic Studies, Volume 88, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 489–520,DOI
    TLDR: Places in UK where segregated black troops were stationed during WWII has more warm attitudes (as measured by implicit associating test and votes for far-right parties) towards blacks today.

Ahmad, Zofia, and Luke Chicoine. 2021. “Silk Roads to Riches: Persistence Along an Ancient Trade Network.” SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3760490. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. DOI

Harcourt, A. H., A. Purvis, and L. Liles. 1995. Sperm competition: mating system, not breeding season, affects testes size of primates. Functional Ecology 9 (3): 468–476. JSTOR link

Shan, Xiaoyue. 2021. Does Minority Status Drive Women Out of Male-Dominated Fields? WP LINK
    TLDR: Women who are assigned to study groups where they are the minority are more likely to drop out of economics :(

Imbens, Guido W. 2021. "Statistical Significance, p-Values, and the Reporting of Uncertainty." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 35 (3): 157-74. DOI

Okafor, Chika O. "All Things Equal: Social Networks as a Mechanism for Discrimination." 2020. arXiv link
    TL,DR; Presuming no statistical and taste based discimination and equal ability, minority groups can still have worse outcomes in a labor market reliant on referrals and connections due to homophily.

Michalopoulos,Stelios and Xue. Melanie Meng. "Folklore." The Quarterly Journal of Economics Forthcoming, 2021. DOI Replication data Youtube Video
Super cool paper and a brief glance says that they included all of the data they used so I hope to poke around it a bit when I get the time that should be fun. Maybe even combine the dataset here with stuff Henrich has done on Kinship (See the Books section below), or the dataset from the large scale fairness study done by the nice folks at the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Fagereng, Andreas, Magne Mogstad, and Marte Rønning. "Why do wealthy parents have wealthy children?." Journal of Political Economy 129, no. 3 (2021): 703-756. DOI

Egger, Dennis, Johannes Haushofer, Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, and Michael W. Walker. "General equilibrium effects of cash transfers: experimental evidence from Kenya." No. w26600. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2019. NBER Link

Islam, Asad, Wang-Sheng Lee, and Aaron Nicholas. "The Effects of Chess Instruction on Academic and Non-Cognitive Outcomes: Field Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country." Journal of Development Economics 150, (2021): 102615 DOI

Shoshana Amyra Grossbard, J. Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal and José Alberto Molina (2014), "Racial Intermarriage and Household Production", Review of Behavioral Economics: Vol. 1: No. 4, pp 295-347. DOI
    Quote from abstract: "We find that white women married to black men devote 0.4 fewer hours per day to chores than their counterparts in all-white marriages, which is comparable to the effect of a child on their hours of chores. "

Bleemer, Zachary, and Aashish Mehta. "Will Studying Economics Make You Rich? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of the Returns to College Major." Forthcoming in AEJ: Applied Working paper link

Seguino, Stephanie, and Nancy Brooks. “Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont: Can Race Data Analysis Contribute to Reform?” The Review of Black Political Economy 48, no. 1 (March 2021): 42–73. DOI

Heckman, James J. "Introduction to a Theory of the Allocation of Time by Gary Becker." The Economic Journal 125, no. 583 (2015): 403-409.DOI

Hale, Galina, Tali Regev, and Yona Rbinstein. "Do Looks Matter for an Academic Career in Economics?" Dropbox Link

Aguiar, Mark, Mark Bils, Kerwin Kofi Charles, and Erik Hurst. "Leisure luxuries and the labor supply of young men." Journal of Political Economy 129, no. 2 (2021): 000-000. DOI

Rubinstein, Ariel. "Dilemmas of an Economic Theorist." Econometrica 74, no. 4 (2006): 865-83. JSTOR link

Guriev, Sergei, Nikita Melnikov, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. "3G internet and confidence in government." Quarterly Journal of Economics Forthcoming SSRN link


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I am currently reading Career and Family and The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA matters for social equality. I recommend both books. A quick note about Career and Family though: It seemed to focus overwhelmingly on the lives affluent women. (Though I haven't finished the book yet) This is still a fascinating subject, but readers should know that a lot of American Women are still having children before they are 24.

I really enjoyed The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich
This is one of my favorite and most recommended books about society. Studying and understanding societies is a lifelong goal of mine, and the author looks at how cultural norms, views, and psychological tendencies developed and competed against each other. There's lots of anthropology stuff but also no shortage of rigor and econometrics.
The book talks a lot about things I've read elsewhere and generally supports their findings. Specifically, both this and The Long Road to the Industrial Revolution talks about the marriage pattern (what Henrich calls the marriage family program) and its impact on society. Both this book and Why nations fail look at the effect of institutions on societies (which includes their economy).

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
I think this is infinitely better than the original Harry Potter and one of the best works of fiction if you could overlook the bad writing and focus on the ideas/plot.
There are a huge collection of fan fictions about this fan fiction. Here I rank some of them that I have read
    Unriddle the Riddles
    Following the Phoenix
    Following the Phoenix - Flashes
    Significant digits
    Draco Malfoy and the Practice of Rationality
    Ginny Weasley an the Sealed Intelligence

Short stories

A list of links to all short stories, novellas, and one long story written by Liu Cixin. (In Chinese)
Huge fan of his work.

...and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes by Scott Alexander.
One of the funniest things I've read.


Introduction to High mathematics Super helpful book for those who are thinking about studying university mathematics after calculus.

Mathematical Methods for Economic Theory

R for Data Science. Great introduction to R. However I would actually recommend first learning a bit of base R before using this book. Any random base R course is fine. This book dives straight into tidyverse and while I think tibbles > data frames and ggplot2 > base R plots, it's better to know some basic R stuff before looking at this book. At least know what View() does.

Introduction to Econometrics with R. Haven't read this yet but heard good things about it.

Linear Algebra Done Right When I first encountered this book I had no idea what it was talking about. Now that I'm a bit more mathematically mature (thanks in part to Introduction to High mathematics), it's clear to me that this book is one of the best resources out there to really understand Linear Algebra. For more fun, pair this book with course notes from 55a



Astral Codex Ten


Alexey Guzey

MIT Admissions

Bounded-Error Log

Not Books

MIT opencourseware
(Still a better platform than coursera and edX) Although now that I think about it, ocw is good as a reference material whereas edX, coursera, and MITOnlineLearning is porbably better when you actually want to follow a class from start to finish

Sneeuw, a documentary film I made for a class, and a tribute to Regen.

Draw a math symbol and this website will tell you how to put it in Latex

2 Immigrant Paths: One Led to Wealth, the Other Ended in Death in Atlanta. New York Times

These people published a guide to homemade vaccines for COVID-19

Harvard's Theoretical Linear Algebra and Real Analysis class (Math 25a/b)
And its more difficult counterpart 55a and 55b.
While we're on the subject of m a t h I'm also including Evan Chen's website cause it has lots of math goddies.

Some class on Market Design

Modelsummary, this r package for making super cool tables with like these embedded histograms and boxplots. I need to learn to use this...

Learn Norsk

Mindfulness is useless in a pandemic in The Economist Magazine.
Memoralble line: "The pandemic has reminded us that the joy we take in planning is as valid as the event itself"

I really like the background color of this website and apparently, if I link to The Economist through an iFrame, I can read the website with this beige background color.
Click here for the beige reader

How Japan Handled COVID-19 in the Economist
I have actually never heard of using CO2 concentration as a proxy for how well ventilated a room is. Very cool

An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2024 Election

An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2020 Election

An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Election