The Economist, Jan. 4, 2019 (Subscription required)
A study suggests that higher minimum wages hit poorer bosses’ pockets
A new paper by Lev Drucker and Katya Mazirov of Israel’s Ministry of Finance, and David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, examines increases in Israel’s minimum wage in 2006-08 in search of an answer. The more low-wage workers a company employed, they found, the more its profits declined. Companies with 60-80% of staff earning the minimum wage saw their profits cut by almost half.
The Atlantic, Dec. 31, 2019
The Most Memorable Family and Education Interviews of the Year
“The way that we imagine knowledge work … is really about coordination and collaboration across distance, across people’s different time commitments, managing attention, figuring out who’s going to do what when. And that style of work [is] very similar to family life, if you think about it.” —Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics associate professor at UC Irvine, on the similar responsibilities of work teams and family units
NPR, Dec. 27, 2019 (Audio)
‘Feeling Like We Belong’: U.S. Adoptees Return To South Korea To Trace Their Roots
In a country that valued homogeneity, “adoption initially was thought of as like the ‘solution’ to mixed-race children,” says [Professor] Eleana Kim, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine. In its early years, the South Korean government crafted a narrative of a racially homogeneous nation, she says, “the idea being that children who were not fully Korean would never be accepted in South Korean society. And the South Korean government realized that there was an interest among Americans to adopt these children.”
Forbes, Dec. 30, 2019 (Book review)
The Must-Read Brain Books of 2019, Part 1
The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. By Donald Hoffman [UCI cognitive science professor]. … Hoffman argues that our senses evolved to tell us a “truth” that helps us navigate the world, survive, and pass along our genes. But that ongoing experience, however much it may seem our “objective reality,” is not. … The world of perception is rife with trip-ups, and reading this book may provide you with improved glasses for seeing through it.
HPPR, Dec. 28, 2019 (Audio)
Little Spouse On The Prairie: Do You Hear What I Hear
A combined research project between the University of California, Irvine and the University of New Mexico found a difference between the amount of gray matter and white matter in the brains of men and women of equal intelligence. Men had six times more gray matter than women! … Apparently, gray matter may assist men with localized tasks, things like typing the word “yes” on a cell phone, while white matter helps women integrate and assimilate. These skills help women listen, type “yes” on a cell phone, grade an essay, put a bandage on their kid’s knee, and construct the third paragraph of an episode of Little Spouse simultaneously.
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