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Gift Giving, Gift Guide, Bomb-Sniffing Dogs, Return Policy, and End of Year Bonuses
Hi y’all! Here are five things I found this week that I thought you might also enjoy:
The folks at MRU have developed a gift-giving guide for those of you unsure what to give your friends and family this holiday season [Marginal Revolution University]
There was already a shortage of bomb-sniffing dogs, and the pandemic made it worse [Smithsonian Magazine]
More companies, like H&M and Zara, are experimenting with charging for returns [Retail Brew]
More than a quarter of companies, across a range of sectors, will not be awarding bonuses, up from 23% last year [The Wall Street Journal]
Yesterday I wrote about the latest language module (ChatGPT) that has some people worried about whether artificial intelligence will soon replace their jobs. I’m not so worried.
Week 49 is over and I have checked in 62 books for the year. Last week was another big week for me, but that was mostly because I tested positive for COVID in the middle of the week and was quarantined for 5 days. I’m very thankful that I had mild symptoms, but it gave me a lot of time to lay in bed and read.
One of the books I finished last week that I really enjoyed was How to Teach Economics to Your Dog by Rebecca Campbell and Anthony McGowan. The book is written in such a way that it highlights a lot of the key concepts covered in first-year courses. I found a lot of neat anecdotes and historical references that I hadn’t heard before because the authors are based in London. If you have an aspiring young economist or just enjoy general economics books, this one was worth the purchase!