Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Rise of the New Low-Wage Class

OxFam America just released a (very disturbing) random survey of low-wage workers (PDF). It’s packed with so much “stuff” that I’m not sure where to begin. It kind of validates my theory on rent seeking behavior of labor for hours, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Feel Good Music

I haven’t posted anything in a few days, mostly because I was attempting to be “productive” as the Fall Semester has begun. Also, there are so many things to write on: like Noah Smith turning his blog over to bumbling … Continue reading

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Marginal Utility and College Costs (Wonkish Theory)

As President Obama makes his case for a higher education system that can be quantified in quality, it strikes me that most colleges do not operate on market principles on a micro level. Most markedly, they do not use Marginal … Continue reading

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The Pure Poop of Alternative Energy

A friend of mine who is a graduate student in Engineering at the University of Michigan wrote a paper on alternative energy planning that he affectionately calls “Pure Poop.” The main gist of his paper is that there are too … Continue reading

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The Bachelor’s Degree Blues: Back To School Edition

For all of those freshman flooding college campuses this week: Welcome to High School. The Bachelor’s Degree has been the new high school diploma for the past decade. There’s a frightening new study out from the Economics Policy Institute that … Continue reading

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The Whomping Rupee

The big news in Economics and Sociology seems to be the Rupee taking a nose dive into the Indian Ocean. Yet, no one knows why the Rupee is falling, and fewer understand why it matters (yes, I know that would … Continue reading

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Canada’s Housing Bubble: The American Version

Watching the Canadian Housing Bubble bloom (literally) in my back yard, I can’t help but make some comparisons, and ask “is this really happening?” The great thing about Statistics Canada (unlike the U.S.) is that they keep records of everything. … Continue reading

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