Interesting links of the week

According to this video on Project Syndicate’s Facebook page, if you want to be a better economist you should read more novels. Stories are better at explaining life than math. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fprojectsyndicate%2Fvideos%2F10155634206384481%2F&show_text=0&width=476

More on the inadequacy of GDP in measuring important aspects of development. https://www.project-syndicate.org/onpoint/is-it-time-to-abandon-gdp?barrier=accessreg. Some alternative measures, other than the Human Development Index, include Gross National Happiness (used in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan) and the OECD’s Better Life Index. They have their own problems too.

Fabeook’s Internet.org project has some detractors. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/05/internetorg-not-neutral-not-secure-and-not-internet. The project enlists websites that people with lower incomes can access through their mobile devices without data charges. The article in the link applauds the purpose of the initiative but takes issue with some features that affect privacy.

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