What can you do with Big Data?

What can you do with Big Data?

Sunday Review
The Age of Big Data
Published: February 11, 2012
For those who can make sense of the explosion of data, there are job opportunities in fields as diverse as crime, retail and dating.
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Politics and Economics

Politics and Economics

Books
Francis Fukuyama’s Theory of the State
By MICHAEL LIND
Published: April 15, 2011
Francis Fukuyama argues that a combination of three political concepts changed the world.

Game Theory and the Fiscal Cliff

Game Theory and the Fiscal Cliff

The Cliff Game
As income inequality has grown, many elected officials have little interest in the needs and preferences of lower-income people, an economist writes.

Data for Free and For Good

Data for Free and For Good

Business Day
World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data
Published: July 2, 2011
Robert B. Zoellick, the World Bank president, argues that its most valuable currency isn’t money — it’s information.

The Value of Nature

Research in Economics in the Press

Science
An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection
By JOHN MOIR
Published: August 8, 2011
Gretchen Daily is one of the pioneers in the growing worldwide effort to protect the environment by quantifying the value of “natural capital.”

Back to School–From This American Life

Nobel Prize Winning Economist James Heckman was recently featured on This American Life.  Professor Heckman will be our the Berea College Convocation Speaker on October 25.

Sep 14, 2012
As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough’s new book How Children Succeed. Photo: Theo takes the marshmallow test.

Extrodinary Measures

In this episode of A Sound Argument I would like to point you to a program and a series of stories found at Radio Lab where Robert and Jad discuss the persistent problem of binding ourselves to accomplish the deeds we intend to accomplish if we could only stop ourselves.