Joshua Gans reports on worrying new research about the effect of tax payments on the gender mix of children. More here.
And in unrelated news, Google Sydney has just announced gDay with MATE. From the release:
Using MATEâ€™sâ„¢ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Googleâ€™s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future.
Google spiders crawl publicly available web information and our index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now.
We can use this technique to predict almost anything on the web â€“ tomorrowâ€™s share price movements, sports results or news events. Plus, using language regression analysis, Google can even predict the actual wording of blogs and newspaper columns, 24 hours before theyâ€™re written.