Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 6/25 – 7/1

July 1st, 2013 at 11:37 am
  • Pointing out how the safety net caught a lot of people during the economic downturn (over on the NYT Economix blog).
  • Considering that the Fed might be talking about reeling in stimulus too soon.
  • Advising Ben Bernanke to go Zen to calm the jittery markets (and asking OTE’ers to submit their own ideas!).
  • Looking at the benefits of full employment, benefits that are sorely lacking from our persistently slack job market.
  • On Greg Mankiw’s piece defending the top 1%: showing why it’s a mistake to confuse the top 1% with the college wage premium and explaining that income inequality is far from benign.
  • Noting that smarter immigration reform would shift the enforcement locus from the border to the workplace.
  • Emphasizing the importance of checking your methodology in economic research.
  • Connecting economic uncertainty, Albert Hirschman’s “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” economics, and Mozart’s strict composition parameters.


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