The RBC isn’t meant to be a funny so skip this entry. Â The WSJ has published a funny piece by Joe Queenan. He writes; “Speaking from my own experience, I would argue that the best mothers are Italian-Americans, in part because they are warm and affectionate, but mostly because of the manicotti. When I was a kid, my own Irish-American mother was a terrible cook, so I would dutifully eat the remains of whatever luckless animal she’d just burned to a crisp, puke it up and then run down the street to Richie Giardinelli’s house, where his mother was always baking ziti or cooking up a fresh pot of meatballs or making manicotti.”
Queenan’s piece does touch on the important issue of the “accident of birth“. Â To maximize your chances in life, who do you wish was your mom? Â Â In a similar spirit as Â Bruce Sacerdote’s work, Â a researcher could use data for adopted children and ideally hope that adopted kids are randomly assigned to some Tiger Moms, to some Italian-American moms etc and then compare average outcomes for the kids across these different moms. Â Convincing?