What to take on a field trip; China's irresistible rise; damn lies and regressions; the latest numbers on Euro-pork and fatcats; trade v domestic markets and extreme shepherding: links I liked

Chris Blattman gives a (very long) list of essential items for ‘field work in the tropics’

Alex Evans discusses the latest on China’s new-found assertiveness

William Easterly explains the selective use of regressions

Eurosnouts in the trough: The New York Times shows how the largest beneficiaries of EU farm subsidies in 2008 include an Italian bank in Milan, a French chicken giant and an Irish producer of Weight Watchers meals and Yorkshire pudding

The Economist argues that, while the rich countries are debating state v market responses to the crisis, the big disagreements in developing countries, are over whether to rely on trade or domestic markets

And finally, extraordinary things to do with sheep. Hmm, maybe I should rephrase that…. 

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