Opinionomics: must-read analysis and comment

Featuring century bonds, Ben Bernanke, and patented mice.

Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate. Credit: Getty Images

1. Buying 100-year bonds looks like a gilt-edged way to lose money (Telegraph)

Ian Cowie doesn't think buying 100-year bonds would be the best investment.

2. The Villain (Atlantic)

Roger Lowenstein interviews Ben Bernanke.

3. Pop Bonds (Marginal Revolution)

Alex Tabarrok reports on social impact bonds, an innovative new way of using the private sector to perform public goods.

4. Institutions and the new new thing (Economist)

Free Exchange present an interesting argument for patent reform.

5. Inequality offensive (MIT News)

At an MIT forum, economists evaluate the consequences of increasing inequality in America, and suggest solutions.