What We Read Today 24 May 2014

May 24th, 2014
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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.

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  • Yellowstone has a 50 square mile "Zone of Death" where you can get away with murder (Dylan Matthews, Vox) The letter of the law provides that no one can be tried by a jury for a crime committed in the 50 square miles of Yellowstone National Park that lies within the state of Idaho. The only eligible jury members are required by state and federal judicial boundaries to reside within those 50 square miles and there are no human residents there. Perhaps a jury of bison or elk could be convened?
  • State unemployment, 2004 to 2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Hat tip to Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. In April the state with the highest unemployment was Rhode Island (8.3%) - the lowest was North Dakota (2.6%). Click on map below for interactive graphic at the BLS:


Today there are 11 articles discussed 'behind the wall'. The final 3 articles are about a new debate concerning the way data was used by Thomas Piketty in his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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