How a field fixes itself: the applied turn in economicsListen now (30 min) | Getting an academic field to change its ways is hard. Independent scientists can’t just go rogue - they need research funding, th…
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How useful are learning curves, really?Listen now (23 min) | In economic models of “learning-by-doing,” technological progress is an incidental outcome of production: the more a firm or work…
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On Collaborating with an AI, Writing, and InnovationListen now | Heads up: this week’s post is a bit different, in that it’s not built primarily from academic papers. We’ll be back to the normal format i…
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How bad is publish-or-perish for the quality of science?Listen now (17 min) | How did we end up in a situation where so many scientific papers do not replicate? Replication isn’t the only thing that counts i…
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How long does it take to go from science to technology?Listen now | An update on this project: I really enjoy writing this newsletter and have gotten good feedback on it. But it takes time (you may have not…
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Importing KnowledgeListen now | When one country has exceptional expertise that another lacks, what happens when knowledge workers migrate from the one to the other?
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Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find Because of the Burden of Knowledge?Listen now (18 min) | Innovation appears to be getting harder. At least, that’s the conclusion of Bloom, Jones, Van Reenen, and Webb (2020). Across a h…
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Is there a Price for a Covid-19 Vaccine?Listen now (18 min) | Note: I’m experimenting with Substack’s audio features. This week you can read the newsletter below, or listen to me read it by c…
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Buterin, Hitzig, and Weyl's proposal to fund public goods
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Stronger than you might think
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They're more than half the point
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Do conferences really help you network?
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