What We Read Today 02 May 2014

May 2nd, 2014
in econ_news, syndication

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • How Not to Be Misled by the Jobs Report (Neil Irwin and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times) Way too much significance is attached to a very uncertain number. The measurement error uncertainty for the non-farms payrolls in any given month is of the order of +/-100,000. So, if the actual increase in non farms payrolls was 150,000, the 90% confidence interval for the report extends to about 55,000 on the low side and about 250,000 on the high side. Yet the headlines tomorrow will declare the world is coming to an end if the number reported is 55,000 and that a historic boom is starting if the report is 250,000.

Follow up:

  • Putin Demands That Ukraine Pull Its Troops From Southeast (Neil MacFarqhuar, The New York Times) Russian Prime Minister Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday that thu Ukraine must withdraw troops from the southeastern part of the country where Russian militants have seized government buildings in about a dozen towns. Econintersect suggests that if Ukraine complied with the request then Putin would send in official Russian forces "to protect the people in the absence of Ukrainian forces".
  • Here's 100 Years of Proof That Girls Are Better Students Than Boys (Brian Resnick, National Journal) Recently it has been felt that boys were falling behind girls in academic performance. A new study finds that boys have trailed girls in school for at least 100 years. The study covers school years through high school. No reason for the difference in performance is singled out. Perhaps the study should extend to college years and post-graduate studies. If the gap starts to narrow for older students it might be something as simple as faster rates of mental development which eventually even out as boys age. Of course it may be that women are just smarter than men at any age.
  • Where Obamacare Is Strongest (and Where It's Falling Short) (Sam Baker and Sophie Novack, National Journal) The final report on Obamacare sign-ups shows a huge swing in states' success. The report shows a total 0f 8.02 enrollees during the six month open enrollment period. Demographic information is still incomplete.


Today there are 13 articles discussed 'behind the wall'.

Please support all that we do at Global Economic Intersection with a subscription to our premium content 'behind the wall'.

You get a full year for only $25.

The rest of the post is for our premium content subscribers - Click here to continue reading. If you have forgotten your login or password - send an email to info at econintersect.com.


Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted. You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.

 navigate econintersect .com


Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day


Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution



  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2018 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved