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Linx, green jobs

March 15th, 2018

Two WaPo posts for your entertainment: First, when it comes to fixing the recklessly drafted tax bill, the D’s have some leverage. I offer some thoughts on how they should use it. Second, my old friend Larry Kudlow’s going to be heading Trump’s NEC. Some reflections on about 25 years of arguing with the dude…. Read more

Jobs report: There’s still room to run in this job market!

March 9th, 2018

Payrolls rose 313,000 last month, well above expectations, and the unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent, as wage growth moderated a bit  from last month’s pace (up 2.6 percent, yr/yr). Though these monthly data are notoriously jumpy, the out-sized job gains were accompanied by a nice pop in labor force participation rate–up 0.3 percent to… Read more

College, wages, inequality, and the implied policy agenda

March 6th, 2018

I stumbled on a number of facts today that put me in mind of the old, venerable debate among labor economists about the extent to which educational wage premiums driven by employers’ increased demands for skills is driving overall wage inequality. It sounds obscure, but it actually has very potent policy implications. Let me try… Read more