Tuesday Link Dump

Here are a handful of links for your reading pleasure:
There were two pieces of interest in the New York Times: The first describes how the more attractive compensation arrangements offered by Private Equity firms is allowing them to attract very good CEO-level candidates, and the second highlights the growing prominence of activist investors.

Here's another neat use of prediction markets -- Intrade (the non-sports betting spinoff of TradeSports) now has a recession contract. It pays off if there's a U.S. recession in 2007, and is currently predicting a 30-35% probability of it happening.

This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is up at the Peersight blog. My pick of the week:Investing While Incompetent - And Blissfully Unaware

Finally, Steven Levitt (and others) explore what factors predict Ph.D. completion and long-term success in the field of economics.
I'd post more, but I'm trying to get stuff done before the semester starts.