I just got VPN access set up with Macquarie, my new institution, and I thought I'd make a quick post on how to get this set up under Linux and why it can be nice. At both Macquarie and Edinburgh, I had a desktop machine that was more powerful than my laptop, but it was not publicly accessible. One solution is just to only use it when I'm actually in the building at the desk, but then I don't get to feel like a ninja. (well, and I also can't use the machine if I'm not at my desk for whatever reason).
I just saw this article by Mike Konczal about the politically-influential 2010 result that economies with over 90% debt-to-GDP ratios perform very poorly. The article discusses one dubious point of methodology and two outright methodological errors, and discusses how a re-analysis of the same data with more solid methodology finds that debt-to-GDP ratio doesn't really seem to affect economic performance. I'm not going to talk about the substance of the papers; as I said in the first post, I don't want this blog to be political, and I'm not an economist anyway. I do want to talk about a potential source of their errors, however.