LINKS: January 9th, 2017

Happy 2017! To start the new year, let me share some of my favorite tunes from 2016. Spotify helpfully compiled my most listened to songs of the past year. Enjoy!

The Apple iPhone turns 10 years old today. More from Wired here.

The College Football National Championship is tonight. Clemson and Alabama face off in a rematch of last year’s National Championship game. Vegas has Clemson by 6.5. Nate Silver and Co. at FiveThreeEight have modeled this all year and give the edge to Alabama (see graphic below). Relatedly, Nate Silver has an interesting article on restructuring college football.


Interesting research on the profile of financial savers. Cultural differences—ethnicity and religion in particular—seem to have important implications that transcend income and financial knowledge.

Elections have consequences, as the say, and unified GOP control of the Federal Government unsurprisingly has brought a key Republican campaign promise to the forefront of the 115th Congress—Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) repeal and replacement. Vox points out that a Senate filibuster can’t save the law—much, though not all, of the law can can be defunded and/or repealed under the budget reconciliation process. A replacement for the law will require 60 votes in the Senate, thus necessitating a plan that can get all 52 Republican votes and at least 8 Democratic Senators. The Wall Street Journal looks at some of the early strategy, battle lines, and messaging today. A interesting blueprint for reform the GOP will likely look to comes from Avik Roy in his recent paper, Transcending Obamacare.” Additionally, a recent NYTimes article points out the success and promise of one element of the ACA—experimentation and emphasize on transitioning from “fee-for-service” to “value-based-care.”

While on the topic of healthcare, Freakonomics recent 3 part podcast series, titled “Bad Medicine,” is outstanding and a must listen for literally everyone. Links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

A few interesting data visualizations on food. First, in honor of the recent holiday season, a looks at where American holiday meal staples are produced domestically.


Second, some great food data visualizations, including the totality of Food Network’s recipe repository at Wired Magazine.


The World Economic Forum has released its key priorities for the 2017 meeting. Graphic below, which is expanded on in detail here.


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