If you’re interested in economic policy, Matt and I have been talking about Sanandaji’s book more, so perhaps you will find our discussion interesting. It started in the comments of my post about the book, but continued in the comments of this other post. In the course of that discussion, we have been talking about several things, but the main point we have been discussing is Sanandaji’s claim that, although poverty is less prevalent in Scandinavia than in the US, people of Scandinavian ancestry in the US are even less likely to be poor than their counterparts in Scandinavia. Matt argued that the methodology used by Sanandaji to establish that claim was flawed and I think it’s fair to say that he conclusively showed that. However, I argued in response to him that even though Sanandaji’s argument was not sound, his conclusion was nevertheless true. Matt disputed that claim, but I argue in my latest reply to him that, in doing so, he made the same kind of mistake that Sanandaji made in his book. This is where things are for the moment, but perhaps Matt will have something to say in response.
EDIT: For those who are interested in this exchange, Matt just replied to my latest comment, so you should have a look at what he says. I’ll reply to him when I have some time, which may take a while again, since I have a lot of work. (By the way, his comment initially ended up in the spambox and the only reason I noticed it is because he emailed me about it, so if your comment still doesn’t show after a while please email me to make sure the same thing didn’t happen to you.)