* Joshua Gans on the joys of random reading.
* Steve Levitt on why soccer players don’t aim their penalty kicks at the middleÂ of the goalÂ as often as they should.
* Progressives Jason Furman and Barbara Ehrenreich debate whetherÂ Wal-Mart is good for the poor.
* Mark Thoma gives you the juicy bits from Richard Freeman’s latest paper on immigration.Â Here’s a snippet:
The policy debate over globalization in the past decade has largely bypassed the international mobility of labor. Restrict trade and cries of protectionism resound. Suggest linking labor standards to trade and itâ€™s protectionism in disguise. Limit capital flows and the International Monetary Fund is on your back. But restrict people flows? Thatâ€™s just an accepted exercise of national sovereignty!Â
Richard wasÂ my one of my labour economics professors, and is perhaps theÂ most wide-ranging economistÂ I know (he also happens to be inÂ Canberra at present, which is rather nice).Â