Daily Data Dump – Monday

By Razib Khan | September 6, 2010 12:06 pm

Happy Labor Day!

Price’s First Equation. An in-depth review of the Price Equation. First installment of several.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer discovers role of key genetic catalyst for human diversity. The strange behavior of PRDM9 could be thought of as a factor in the second term of the Price Equation.


Resentment Simmers in Western Chinese Region. “It used to be that state-owned enterprises had Han-only hiring policies, but these days they are more subtle,” said Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economist who studies the job market in Xinjiang. “They reject you after you’ve gone in for the interview and they’ve seen your face.” This indicates that straightforward racism is a problem here. Many Uighurs, including Ilham Tohti, do not have a conventional East Asian appearance. One way to check for racism is to note if Hui are treated any differently. Though Muslim, Hui don’t look much different from the Han (after generations of intermarriage the Hui are genetically no different than the Han of their region, though there is a residual proportion of West and Central Asian genes within them).

Accepted Notion of Mars as Lifeless Is Challenged. Sometimes physical scientists need to chill out in the aspersions they cast toward social scientists. It’s kind of bizarre that people are still arguing about the interpretation of these results.

Housing Woes Bring New Cry: Let Market Fall. This is a intergenerational issue. Because of that I’d bet that the government won’t allow “shock therapy.” Politicians’ first rule: don’t piss off old people.

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  • bioIgnoramus

    The young should be thankful that, although we can leave them our houses, we can’t leave them our debts. Unless some plonker decides to transfer the debts to the public purse, of course, but that’s so daft that no-one would do it, surely?

  • http://entitledtoanopinion.wordpress.com TGGP

    Did the economist consider the possibility that Uighur on average are worse employees?

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    he’s a uighur nationalist, so i doubt it ;-)

  • http://changelog.ca/ Charles Iliya Krempeaux

    Regarding,

    “It used to be that state-owned enterprises had Han-only hiring policies, but these days they are more subtle,” said Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economist who studies the job market in Xinjiang. “They reject you after you’ve gone in for the interview and they’ve seen your face.”

    I have been told that Canada once had something similar. I’ve been told that at one time in many parts of Canada, that in general you couldn’t get a government job or or a (private) management job unless you had an English accent. From what I was told, many Canadian families would send their children to study in England for some time so as to pick up the “proper” accent.

    (I have nothing to back it up other than a story from someone who lived during that time. So you can weigh it accordingly.)

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