December 14, 2018
Wang Yi's Other Life

"The goal of disobedience is not to change the world but to testify about another world..."

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December 10, 2018
If education is signaling, does moral signaling become a viable major?

The wage premium for low-ability college grads arrives right when the first wave of campus political correctness kicks off — the early 1990s.

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December 7, 2018
The non-linear effect of ability on earnings in the computer age

A reader/watcher/listener has brought to my attention another paper, which shows that, for college-educated individuals, earnings are a non-linear function of cognitive ability or g — at least in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth from 1979-1994. The paper is a 2003 article by Justin Tobias in the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. There may be other […]

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December 6, 2018
Genetic research disrupts racist views of welfare

Following on my post from yesterday, I've been thinking about how the widespread and often racist views of "welfare" in the United States — especially among poor whites — fester on top of the educated-progressive party line that heritable IQ differences are bunk. An interesting wrinkle from the study I cited yesterday (Papageorge and Thom 2018) is […]

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December 5, 2018
Study finds the relationship between genes and earnings increased after 1980

Someone sent me a recent NBER working paper by Nicholas W. Papageorge and Kevin Thom on polygenic scores and educational attainment/earnings. Most pertinent to my theoretical interests is that the link between genes and income appears to increase over recent decades. In my lectures on the politics of media (really about the politics of technology more generally), […]

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December 3, 2018
Against the Epistemic Status

At best, they beg the question. At worst, they introduce new biases.

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