Best in Economics this week: May 29

A golden oldie: how do the US states compare to other economies?

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/map-renames-each-us-state-with-country-generating-same-gdp-2015-5

Interesting line, but I hope that this does not imply that stocks should be trading at a PE of 60…?

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/05/inflation-vs-pe-model-1965-to-present/

Cool chart on the importance of buybacks for the US market

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/how-much-buybacks-boosting-earnings-per-share-2015-5

Penetration rates in connectivity: mobile rules the waves…

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/05/daily-chart-10

An FT article on weak productivity: “Weak productivity turns into a problem of global proportions”

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http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f48a489a-00a2-11e5-a908-00144feabdc0.html

And even more on low productivity…

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http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/cc8e68bc-ffc1-11e4-8c46-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3bFPWLrtt

Cool – though highly subjective- interactive tool telling you how likely it is your job will be automated…

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http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/21/408234543/will-your-job-be-done-by-a-machine

Mmm. This looks pretty convincing, right?

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https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/greece-government-reforms-by-yanis-varoufakis-2015-05

Do central banks need capital? The answer depends on who you ask, apparently…

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http://www.moneyandbanking.com/commentary/2015/5/26/do-central-banks-need-capital

Cool question: “Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps Dying?”. And did we do some doping control on that Jeanne Calment??

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http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-oldest-person-in-the-world-keeps-dying/

Supertankers are back in favour. How does that square with the weak trade balance numbers?

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-27/oil-bulls-beware-soaring-tanker-rates-show-supply-glut-persists-ia7cvht4

The rise (and rise) of life expectancy…

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/05/dramatic-rise-of-life-expectancy/

And an article IV consultation on Switzerland

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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2015/cr15132.pdf

How peaches have changed through time (corn and watermelon just one click away!)
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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/05/9000-years-of-selective-breeding-makes-things-delicious/

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