Beyond Seven Review No. 71

Posted on Wed 02 June 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Endnotes
    Xavier Marquez's year-end list of recommended reading.

(Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉

  • Project Runeberg
    Wikipedia: Project Runeberg (Swedish: Projekt Runeberg) is a digital cultural archive initiative that publishes free electronic versions of books significant to the culture and history of the Nordic countries. Patterned after Project Gutenberg, it was founded by Lars Aronsson and colleagues at Linköping University and began archiving Nordic-language literature in December 1992. As of 2015 it had accomplished digitization to provide graphical facsimiles of old works such as the Nordisk familjebok, and had accomplished, in whole or in part, the text extractions and copyediting of these as well as esteemed Latin works and English translations from Nordic authors, and sheet music and other texts of cultural interest.

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • Stumbling and Mumbling: My favourite economics papers
    The first one on the list is quite good. "“The elasticity of demand with respect to product failures” by Werner Troesken (pdf). This describes how Americans continued to buy snake oil for decades despite it being of dubious efficacy. It is of clear political relevance today: populists are using many of the tactics snake oil sellers used. But it has even wider relevance. It reminds us that whilst markets are selection devices they do not necessarily select for the best products, and can select for the worst."

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

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