There is a very interesting piece in the New York Times today by David Leonhardt on the apparent backlash against prediction markets such as Intrade and Betfair. In principle, these markets make predictions by aggregating the disparate information of many independent bettors who offer prices for a particular outcome. Prediction markets have enjoyed a fair […]
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July 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology
The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) remains at near record-highs, and this at a time when record droughts and calamitous famine threaten the Horn of Africa. Using the latest data from the FAO FPI page, I plot here the FPI time series from 1990-2011. World food prices are high and have remained so since the […]
March 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Demography
Information on our NICHD-funded April formal demography workshop on migration and adaptation is now posted on the website Stanford Center for Population Research (SCPR, pronounced “scooper”). SCPR is itself hosted by Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), which is also the umbrella organization for the Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), a […]
February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology
Newly released data by FAO show that food prices continued to rise, up 3.4% from the last month of 2010. This is yet another record high. Here is a plot based on the FAO data (click to enlarge): An article in today’s New York Times attributes much of the rise in price to uncertainty over […]
December 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Infectious Disease
Homo EconomSickus. Har, har, har…
September 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology
The 2008 Report of the Millennium Development Goals is out today. Seeing this, along with this editorial piece by The Age‘s economics editor, Tim Colebatch, drives home the key point that the world food crisis is far from over. High food prices may drive 100 million more people into extreme poverty this year, eroding the substantial progress that […]
September 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology
Despite the flooding in Iowa earlier this summer, the US is set to harvest its second largest corn crop ever. Good news for the price of food for hungry people? Not really, the USDA expects that 34% of the total corn crop will be used to make ethanol for biofuel. They project a price of […]
September 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Diet & Nutrition
Who knew that vegetables and melons defined a sector? You learn something new every day when you subscribe to the USDA Economic Research Service – What’s New RSS feed.