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April 27, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1462815

Live from the Roasterie: And If It Snows That Stretch Down South Won’t Ever Stand the Strain…

I must confess that I had thought that Wichita would have done much better in employment during the oil boom of the past seven years:


April 27, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1462684

Must-Read: Ravi Kanbur and Joseph Stiglitz: Dynastic Inequality, Mobility and Equality of Opportunity: "One often heard counter to the concern on rising income and wealth inequality...

...is that it is wrong to focus on inequality of outcomes in a ‘snapshot.’ Intergenerational mobility and ‘equality of ...


April 27, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1462613

Over at Equitable Growth: A nice piece by Patricia Cohen in the New York Times with good quotes from Cornell's Thomas Hirschl.

One thing going on is that the major lifestyle and utility improvements of the past generation--really cheap access to communication, information, and entertainment--are overwhelmingly available to ...


April 27, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1462612

Must- and Should-Reads:

Must-Must-Read: Adam Kotsko: The Good Inequality Must-Read: Nick Bunker: What Is the Right Size and Purpose of the U.S. Financial System?


April 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1462529

**Today's Economic History: Sometimes I am really sorry that Josh Marshall is proprietor of Talking Points Memo rather than holding an american history chair at some university...

Josh Marshall**: Breaker Boys: "'Breaker boys' were young boys, usually between the ages of 8 and 12 years old...

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April 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1462526

Must-Read: John Quiggin: Australia and the Return of the Patrimonial Society: "Australians have no room for complacency...

...The fact that currently wealthy Americans have not, in general, inherited their wealth follows logically from the fact that, in their parents’ generation, there weren’t comparable accumulations.... Given ...


April 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1462528

Must-Must-Read: Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels: Robots at Work: "Despite ubiquitous discussions of robots’ potential impact...

...there is almost no systematic empirical evidence on their economic effects. In this paper we analyze for the first time the economic impact of industrial robots, using new data ...


April 27, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1462527

Must-Read: Katharina Knoll, Moritz Schularick and Thomas Steger: Global House Prices, 1870‐2012: How have house prices evolved over the long‐run?...

...This paper presents annual house prices for 14 advanced economies since 1870. Based on extensive data collection, we show that real ...


April 27, 2015, 10:18 am, 1462370

I think Ezra Klein nails this completely. The Washington DC press corps is not becoming better with time. It is becoming worse.

So I am going to make you read Ezra:

Ezra Klein: The Joke Was that Obama Wasn’t Joking: "The White House Correspondents' Dinner... strange event...

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April 27, 2015, 6:18 am, 1462215

World War II Today: Execution of Mussolini:

It was on the 27th April that a column of German trucks made their way north to Switzerland. Amongst the group was Benito Mussolini, thinly disguised ...