Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Jason Furman to Chair the CEA?

May 28th, 2013

Well, well—I see from the Twitterverse that Council of Economic Adviser Chairman Alan Krueger is going back to Princeton, to be replaced Jason Furman.  That’s a great choice—Jason will make an excellent CEA chair. Even though economic policy isn’t going anywhere fast these days given Congressional gridlock, the CEA chair is an important post.  S/he… Read more

Today’s Papers

May 19th, 2013

–The NYT ran one of their “Sunday Dialogues” based off of my full employment op-ed.  I thought it was a great selection of provocative letters, all worth a read.  Like many people I talk to about this, especially non-economists, most respondents agreed with the proposition that something’s changed, i.e., accelerated, in the impact of labor-saving… Read more

The Papers: Weirdness at the WaPo

April 22nd, 2013

Two strange, revisionist pieces in this AM’s WaPo. First, on the oped page, a confusing, ahistorical editorial riffing off of the Rogoff-Reinhart (R&R) debacle.  The piece starts off spot-on, making a point I’ve been stressing in recent days: the austerity movement is not built off of this one R&R paper, and absent their paper, the… Read more

Is More Peer Reviewing the Answer?

April 21st, 2013

In the midst of the Reinhart-Rogoff meltdown, a commenter was aghast to learn that their paper was not peer reviewed.* She asked, reasonably, how could the newspapers report findings that had not gone through that process? It’s a fair question, and I should expand on the too glib remarks from my post: So the answer… Read more