What I Have Been Reading (Alex)

The Economics of Small Things–An Indian economist in the United States offers a sweet and gentle introduction to economics drawn from his personal and professional life. I enjoyed many of the essays though I have to disagree with one–it makes a difference whether you go to the mangoes or the mangoes come to you as […]

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Why Does Teacher Quality Matter?

From Mike Insler, Alexander F. McQuoid, Ahmed Rahman, and Katherine A. Smith, here is an apparently major result: This work disentangles aspects of teacher quality that impact student learning and performance. We exploit detailed data from post-secondary education that links students from randomly assigned instructors in introductory-level courses to the students’ performances in follow-on courses […]

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Perhaps it is the high-skilled rather than low-skilled migrants who induce resentment?

(7) Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the United States over Two Centuries By Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, Elisa Jacome and Santiago Perez Using millions of father-son pairs spanning more than 100 years of US history, we find that children of immigrants from nearly every sending country have higher rates of upward mobility than children of […]

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