Read — 2015/05/17

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. The great distortion” (The Economist). Government-instituted tax deductions on mortgage interest payments costs the U.S. 2-3% of GDP annually. The code encourages over-investment in housing and worsens income inequality. The article points out that the present time, with interest rates low, is likely the easiest time to initiate change.
  2. More hands to rock the cradle” (The Economist). Paid paternity leave, in lieu of or in tandem with paid maternity leave, may combat gender inequality in the workforce by giving (married) women the opportunity of returning to the work force more quickly. Sweden’s “equality bonus” is an interesting idea and might encourage fathers to be more hands-on in child-rearing.
  3. It is, in fact, rocket science“, by Leonard Mlodinow (NY Times). In defence of arduous, unglamorous, authentic scientific discovery.
  4. Matthew Weiner on the end of ‘Mad Men’“, by Dave Itzkoff (NY Times). “Mad Men”-creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the conclusion of the series. 34-minute interview.
  5. Outside-in“, by Kathryn Schulz (The New Yorker). The long-distilling development of an original author, Nell Zink.

    That job [as a bricklayer] was more valuable for my intellectual life than my entire college career. In college, they allow you to be entertained and let your mind wander…