Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Misc. Links

  •  MIT students are having a Pi Day recitation and celebration today (since today is 3.14, of course).
  • The Financial Times discusses Goldman Sachs' corporate culture without, unfortunately, describing what is meant by the phrase; however, I'm glad to see that cultural factors are mentioned, since clearly faulty beliefs, norms, and values contributed to financial crisis.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report describing the inequality levels (expressed as Gini coefficients) of all counties in the United States from 2006 to 2010; the findings show, as one would expect, that more populous counties are more unequal.
  • Finally, a new study suggests that first-generation immigrants face a disadvantage in attending college due a "cultural mismatch" in values and norms from between working-class youth and those from middle- and upper-class backgrounds.