Saturday, December 11, 2010

200 Years in Four Minutes -- Hans Rosling the joy of Stats

Hans Rosling demonstrates beautifully how life expectancies and incomes have changed over the last 200 years.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Economics of Soccer

You may have heard of "Moneyball," Michael Lewis' story of how sabermetrics penetrated baseball's top management. If soccer is more your game, take a look at "Soccernomics" (2009) by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. Kuper, a sports journalist and Szymanski, an economist, provide a highly readable account of the economics of soccer, and incidentally illustrate how to think about the effective use of numbers in understanding and managing any field.

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