Gender inequality and linguistic determinism

Our preferred specification suggests that grammatical gender is associated with a 12 percentage point reduction in women’s labor force participation and an almost 15 percentage point increase in the gender gap in labor force participation. These associations are robust to the inclusion of a wide range of geo-graphic controls (including suitability for the plough) that […]

It’s time for other arguments about climate change

The “debate” about climate change is so poisoned it has brought down at least two Australian prime ministers, and the very term is redacted from US government websites. So maybe it’s time to retire, or at least rein in, this line of argument. The externalities produced by burning coal and oil, from factory farming etc., […]

The economy is everything

With Australia currently engaged in an abysmal debate over same sex marriage, it‘s refreshing to be reminded that morality often has a utilitarian history. For example, this recent paper suggests that norms around illegitimate children are based in economics. Based on data from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and modern Austria, we show that regions that focused […]

The path dependency of higher education

An interesting paper by Etienne Leppers at the LSE suggests that where central bankers (specifically, those on the Federal Open Market Committee of the the US Federal Reserve) were educated has a "systematic impact" on the way they vote on monetary policy. This is true even considering the more than four decades that have elapsed […]


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