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Interesting links

  1. Undercover economist Tim Harford asks if universities are “worth it”.
  2. Australia, like New Zealand, has housing affordability problems. Sydney house prices have gone up 64% in the last four years according to the video.
  3. Nassim Taleb gives, in a university commencement speech, his definition of success. “For I have a single definition of success: you look in the mirror every evening, and wonder if you disappoint the person you were at 18, right before the age when people start getting corrupted by life.” There is more at the link.
  4. Arnold Kling distills two pieces which offer explanations for the rise of Donald Trump to flatter the Left or the Right respectively. I’ve blogged about Kling’s excellent short book The Three Languages of Politics previously and these posts demonstrate his incisive analytical mind at work.
  5. Vox has five tips for studying smarter. Number five is “don’t cram”. Somehow, I don’t think that technique will disappear anytime soon.

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