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Rental shortage, mortgage rates, Major League Baseball, estimation gaps, and Deaths of Despair
Here are 5 stories that I thought were worth sharing with you this week:
Cardiff Garcia interviews Anne Case and Angus Deaton on their new book, Deaths of Despair. The authors look at the impact of deaths from suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol on a variety of economic outcomes. [Podcast]
It’s the start of spring, so you may have seen a lot of people standing in line for “free treats” from places like Rita’s and Dairy Queen.
If you know someone who did, send them this week’s post:
Week 11 is over and I’m up to 9 books for the year. Last week I finished up The Wall and the Bridge by Glenn Hubbard. The overall message was a really interesting one that focused on how politicians tend to promote wall-building ideas like tariffs or border walls instead of bridge-building policies that would help improve society as a whole. The theme is very similar to some of the topics I cover in my labor economics course, but it was a bit repetitive in some parts. I rated it as a 3 out of 5, but that’s more because it didn’t align with my general interests. If you’re interested in economic policy, you may really enjoy this book.