Monday, December 12, 2016

Global Warning

Sydney is in for a scorching few days with elevated fire danger and increased risks of heat stress as temperatures climb towards 40 degrees...
... the greener areas are contracting to where the rivers are," he said. "The surrounds...are drying out very rapidly."
Scorching Sydney not Experience Since the Man from Cold River invaded Club 77  

Richard Florida, The New Urban Crisis. Staying ahead of the Curve.  This is about how cities are failing the middle class throughout much of the world.  At the same time, suburbs are seeing a new poverty and urbanization is not always translating into rising living standards around the world.  This book is where the problems of urban economics “are at” right now.

Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds.  A super-fun but oddly uneven biography of Kahneman and Tversky, a meditation on the nature of collaboration, and a history of the early stages of behavioral economics (economics?) and for that matter a history of Israel in some of its early decades.  There are cameos from Rapaport, Thaler, Gigerenzer, and others.  Why did the Israelis take so readily to the idea of an economic psychology, compared to other countries ...