Rational Feed

Scott:

Targeting Meritocracy by Scott Alexander – Education and merit are different. Programming is one of the last meritocracies, this lets disadvantaged people get into the field. If a job is high impact we want to hire on merit. The original, literal meaning of meritocracy is important.

Politics and Economics:

War Of Wages Part 1 Apples And Walmarts by Jacob Falkovich (Put A Number On It!) – The Author thinks minimum wage hurts the poor. Walmart can’t afford higher wages. Copenhagan Interpretation of Ethics: Walmart helps the poor and gets blamed, Apple does nothing for the poor but avoids blame.

College Tuition by Tom Bartleby – Sticker prices for college have gone up 15K in twenty years, but the average actual cost has only gone up 2.5K. High prices are almost compensated by high aid. Advantage: more equitable access to education. Disadvantages: Not everyone knows about the aid, financial aid is large enough it can seriously distort family financial decisions.

Misc:

Easier Chess Problem by protokol2020 – How many pieces do you need to capture a black queen?

Childcare II by Jeff Kaufman – A timeline of childcare for Jeff’s two children. Methods: Staying at home, Daycare, Au pair, Nanny.

Podcast:

Sally Satel On Organ Donation by EconTalk – “The challenges of increasing the supply of donated organs for transplantation and ways that public policy might increase the supply.” Tax Credits. The ethics of donor compensation.

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Author: deluks917

Software Engineer in New York City. Admin of the SlateStarcodex discord. Math PHD drop out.

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