2. Duflo (via Blattman) on women and development. Haven't read the whole paper but I like the idea of this virtuous cycle reinforcing both the status of women and development.
3. Alex Tabarrok, of Marginal Revolution (arguably the best economic blog), on their top post of 2012: College has been oversold. It seems to me that his empirical main point is not necessarily that college is oversold, but rather that we need more American students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors. I also think that the figure of huge increases in visual and performing art majors may have its roots somewhere in our tight grasp of the American dream.