Favorites January 16th 2023
mRNA vaccines are a great deal for the US. Of course if we find ourselves in a situation where individuals are paying that price something's gone horribly wrong, much of the benefit of vaccination flows to the people around you, so it makes sense to also pay for the vaccines collectively. Amusingly Yglesias pointed out that left-coded Robert Reich should attack vaccines more, forcing conservatives will take the other side to 'own the libs'.
The reason it's so important that this experiment scaled and replicated is that very often in social science, an initial program works but a scaled up verison does nothing. The program gets watered down or the people on the ground are less invested. Maybe something about this jobs program is simple enough that it still works?
This is unlike manufacturing productivity which is way way up over the same period.
If you were thinking it's because of Prince Harry's accent, Phan says that you can't even tell above 4.5x.
There was some discussion recently about cities American mayors can learn about transit from. One fun take was that they should look at Calgary, a Canadian city that Canadians say has terrible transit, but still outshines any US city besides NYC. Today there was a detailed thread about how Canadian and US transit policy differ.
• Thread by Rutger Bregman about the significant progress that's been made in enforcing a minimum tax rate on corporations worldwide.
• Thread about how the Biden Admin has massively reduced illegal immigration on the Southern Border. TL;DR: Carrot and Stick: Made it easier to legit claim asylum with a sponsor and background check, straight up expelled anyone who uses other routes.
• India's economy is now larger than the UK's, this thread details how that happened. My favorite tidbit was that the cost of mobile data in India is lower than almost anywhere else in the world, $0.17 per GB. (vs $5.62 in the US, $0.41 in China)