Apr 21, 2009

my name is what???

In today's New York Times the article reports an interesting China fact. To change the current hand-written chinese identity card, with modern computer-readable ones, the Government has to ask some citizens to change their name. Since the modern computers are able to read only 32, 252 of the 55,000 Chinese characters, some names will be un-recognizable, so they have to be changed. Steven Levitt will be happy to use this data as a natural experiment to consider whether his theory of impact of names on people's life resist with adults...

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