Vaguely interesting (Jan 3)

(1)  206 responses to the question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?

(2)  “Fertility is procyclical, falling during recessions, but also declines with long-run growth.”

(3)  “[L]ess than half of Americans are confident in [Trump’s] ability to handle an international crisis (46%), to use military force wisely (47%) or to prevent major scandals in his administration (44%). At least seven in 10 Americans were confident in Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in these areas before they took office.”

(4)  “[E]ducation ‘compresses’ the fertility distribution – women are more likely to have at least one child, but less likely to have multiple children. [T]he mechanism for this effect is through the positive impact of education on earnings and marriage.”

(5)  “One of the more interesting arguments these days is between proponents of a universal basic income (UBI) and promoters of policies to help people get jobs, such as a job guarantee (JG).”