How important is in-group status?

I’ve written before about how people pick a team and then choose policy positions that they think their team would support and defend those positions as opposed to investigating the data, the literature and the…

House prices hitting new highs

Apparently house prices are hitting new highs, particularly in Auckland where they are up 25.4% year-on-year. The median house price in Auckland is now $771,000 so a 20% deposit equals $154,200 or about 30 times median…

Interesting perspective on robo-advisors

Robo-advisors differ from normal financial advisors in three main ways: they manage your portfolio primarily through automated software (rather than having humans pick stocks and bonds for you), they’re much cheaper than traditional financial advisors,…

How Tom Wolfe Became Tom Wolfe

An interesting long article by Michael Lewis, over at Vanity Fair explores the career and life of Tom Wolfe. This part jumped out at me: The idea that leaving Yale and becoming a beat reporter at a…

Is college all about the money? Really?

The College Scorecard championed by the Obama administration has had generated some interesting commentary. Of course, the data is about US colleges and US graduate earnings, so we’re not comparing apples with oranges for drawing any…