Sunday Links

  • An unspeakably-horrible case of provincial victim blaming after a rape captured on video. Required reading
  • Should college students study abroad? I don’t find any of the authors very convincing, but they represent a wide range of opinions that are worth understanding. Personally, I think the answer is absolutely, but just like everything else, it requires a person who wants to get the most out of it
  • Behavioral economics isn’t about “controlling” behavior – it’s (partially) about tipping the scale to allow individuals to more easily do what they want to do (but don’t, for a variety of reasons). Great overview by Sendhil Mullainathan et al
  • Should journalists learn to code? Like Olga Khazan, I think the answer is basically “not unless you really want to” – it takes a long time to become fluent in a given language, and that time is almost certainly better used to become a better journalist in a different way. But I think she understates the value of thinking in that language, which is possible with a few hours worth of research in object-oriented languages like Java
  • Moving away from fee for service (FFS) payments in Medicare is critical to reducing the long-term cost trend of the program, and global payments (bundled) seem to be the optimal payment strategy. Michael Chernew and Dana Goldman discuss how to get from A to B in this great policy paper.

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