"The wage gap and the WNBA"

Short, nicely done explanation of why women basketball players don't earn as much as men. The key:

To put it simply, as there is more demand for the NBA, whether that be tickets sales, TV contracts or merchandise, they generate more revenue, justifying a much larger wage for their players. The vast difference between the total revenue of the NBA ($7.4 billion) and the WNBA ($25 million) is a prime example of this.

"My Fall Industrial Organization reading list"

Tyler Cowen's draft. Includes a nice section on "Competition" which includes a number of pieces that I don't usually see on IO reading lists, including the fine ones by Whinston, Sproul, and Crandall and Winston.

Also on economics curricula: "Reasonably Painless Economics" is a short list by Deirdre McCloskey of introductory and intermediate (mostly) micro materials. Includes Landsburg, Alchian and Allen, McCloskey, Friedman the father and Friedman the son, Becker: winners all.