Friday, November 23, 2018

Opening Some Windows Into Recent Economic Research

Readers who find this blog a useful stimulus for reflection might also be interested in checking the "Research Highlights" webpage run by the American Economic Association. I'm the Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, which is one of the seven journals currently published by the AEA (with an eighth journal scheduled to start publishing next year). Once or twice a week, the Research Highlights page picks a recent article from these journals and offers a short readable overview or an interview with the author. For those interested getting a sense of a wide array of recent economic research, it's a good starting point. For a flavor, here's a list of the nine most recent entries:

Building trust with buyers (November 21, 2018)
How much do offers of "satisfaction guaranteed" improve efficiency in the marketplace?

Making economics transparent and reproducible (November 16, 2018)
The AEA interviews Ted Miguel about the credibility of economics.

Shadow business (November 12, 2018)
How many cartels exist and how important is competition policy to reining them in?

The heroin balloon (November 7, 2018)
A push to make prescription opioids more difficult to abuse touched off a surge of heroin deaths.

Fragile innovation (November 2, 2018) 
This video explains how financial innovation helped cause the 2008 financial crisis.

How Democrats lost the South (October 29, 2018)
The AEA interviews Ilyana Kuziemko and Ebonya Washington about why Southern states turned Republican in the 1960s.

Modern family (October 24, 2018)
How do parental leave policies affect relationship stability at home?

Boosting mobile savings (October 19, 2018)
Can automatic enrollments encourage saving in developing countries?

Cutting taxes, creating jobs (October 15, 2018)
How would lowering the corporate tax rate affect entrepreneurial decisions and employment?