Monthly Archives: June 2012

Shortchanged: Why Women Get Paid Less Than Men – Businessweek

http://mobile.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-21/equal-pay-plaintiffs-burden-of-proof

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Market Externalities

Hazlett has an article in the WSJ comparing the differing approaches taken between Apple and Android in the smartphone market. He first points out how the imposition of standards by Apple can make for an easier user environment: Now top … Continue reading

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Compost

The WSJ had an interesting article about cost-saving measures that Portland is taking. The city has decided to only pick up trash every other week, but to pick up compostable material every week. It makes sense for the budget and … Continue reading

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It’s Where You Are

Why are people willing to sacrifice so much to be where the action is? That’s a question raised in an article in the Wall Street Journal about New York’s continually up-and-coming tech scene. What the 30-year-old lacked was the cash … Continue reading

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Externalities

People often ignore the externalities we find in life. The fact that your car means less space for others on the road, the ever-escalating volumes at parties, etc. I recently finished reading Enrico Moreetti’s The New Geography In Jobs. In … Continue reading

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Grexit

One of my former macro professors is a coauthor of an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal about Greece leaving the Euro. Basically it’s a very bad idea with far-reaching consequences. This is one of those rare moments when you … Continue reading

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Why Economics Is So Hard

One reason is the data used. A quote from Douglas Bernheim in his handbook chapter “Taxation and Saving” sums up the situation with respect to examining retirement saving: As an economist, one cannot review the voluminous literature on taxation and … Continue reading

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