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The On-the-Economy Podcast: Episode 3 is here!!

February 21st, 2017

Ben and I give an overview of what full employment is and why it’s important, then bring in Slate’s very insightful Jordan Weissmann to discuss some of the Trump Administration’s comments about the labor market and how policymakers should think about increasing employment opportunities for people. Musical Interlude: “Driftin’’” by Herbie Hancock Jared’s Reading Recommendation:… Read more

Before you blame the robots, look to the policy (and the data)

February 21st, 2017

This very incisive bit of work from the NYT editorial page makes two critical points: The data do not support the claim that there’s been an acceleration in labor-replacing technology displacing US workers. To the contrary, measures of capital investment and especially and most persuasively, productivity growth, have slowed, trends that point in the opposite… Read more

A look at a few recent articles that caught our attention: immigration, SNAP, ACA repeal.

February 16th, 2017

First, Eduardo Porter of the NYT wrote a controversial piece about the negative impacts of immigration (not Porter’s view–he’s reporting, not endorsing). I’ll have a lot more to say about the research in the piece, but to put it mildly, I’m unconvinced. The piece reports on research suggesting the increase in low-skill immigration has put… Read more