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Facts, please

Today is a good day for empirical observations at the econblogs:

Craig Depken presents numbers and a nice picture which summarize the growing complexity in the tax code.

The Econoclast lists information which refutes the notion that America is more crime-ridden than our peaceful neighbor to the north.

Alex Tabbarok reports on an experiment confirming that modest public outlays increase student performance within the existing system of education - outlays that mimic what I do for my children.

Returning to the sports theme, Jim Mahar finds that prices for talent in his Fantasy League share common features with equity prices at the stock exchange. Fallen angels may have low P/E ratios, but the low price may be a signal that the future is not so bright.