Best in Economics this week: January 23

An updated version of this classic

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/01/bull-and-bear-market-durations/

Interesting to see that it took US press and blogs a week to find out that Swiss 10 year yields are now sub zero
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/21/this-is-mind-blowing-you-have-to-pay-switzerland-to-lend-it-money/

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died…
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http://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-arabias-king-abdullah-dies-1421969658

Eight different scales to explain all the differences in culture
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-culture-map-8-scales-for-work-2015-1

Cost of living on the planet: look at the brown spots!

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-cost-of-living-worldwide-2015-1

Growth. A lot of it is related to the rise in the number of people
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http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.nl/2015/01/global-economic-growth-all-productivity.html

R&D spending in Lego. Makes you wonder what they are brewing right now…
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http://www.fastcompany.com/3040223/when-it-clicks-it-clicks

The IMF produces a report on financial repression, but shies away from using the term in the title
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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2015/wp1507.pdf

Nigeria may be the biggest African economy, but it has a rising problem
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/01/daily-chart-10

Even despite El nino and the extreme cold in the US, 2014 has been the warmest year on record

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/science/earth/2014-was-hottest-year-on-record-surpassing-2010.html

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