Links I Liked

Researchers left 17,000 wallets on the streets of 355 cities, some empty, some with money. Contrary to the predictions of economists, people everywhere were more likely to return wallets with money in them. But rates did vary from country to country. Ht Ethan Mollick

‘Moving mountains’: How Pakistan’s ‘invisible’ women won workers’ rights (‘Bano is paid about 25 Pakistani rupees (£0.10) a day…..)

Super excited about chairing Clare Short on Friday (4-6pm UK time). Please join us. Her lecture topic: ‘Reflecting on the Demise of DFID’. Expect fireworks. Last week, Nora Lustig was utterly brilliant on Latin American inequality. Catch up with her recording here.

Clare may just be mentioning stories like these:

Wondering why the polls called US elections wrong again? Social isolation reduces willingness to participate in surveys and 17% of Americans reported having no one they were close with (up 9% on 2013). ‘These socially disconnected voters were far more likely to view Trump positively‘ ht Ranil Dissanayake

A brief history of US Presidents, by Glenn E Martin

‘The [UK] Cabinet Office has called in management consultants to give advice on how government can reduce its reliance on consultants’.  Ht Richard Johnstone

“The coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available on a non-profit basis “in perpetuity” to low- and middle-income countries in the developing world.” Step up or shame up for the rest of big Pharma?

Dying to help: A drift towards humanitarian martyrdom. Important discussion on MSF’s apparent willingness to accept casualties

RIP Diego Maradona and the greatest warm-up of all time

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3 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Linda L

    Ha. Mexico (my country of residence) is the only place where people were less likely to return wallets containing money. As in the political culture, so on the streets!
    Also, there’s no link to the “white dudes white dudes white dudes black dude clown white dude” article.

  2. John Sayer

    The returned wallet study suggests this is a study of honesty and selfishness. There are surely other factors at play. In some countries, those reporting crime are subsequently accused of being a party to the crime. This may be occasional, but when it is circulated on social media it creates a massive disincentive to engage with police or report a crime. I’m surprised this was not indicated as a factor in responses.

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