Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary 4/22 — 4/30

May 1st, 2014 at 8:40 am
  • On The Upshot: previewing the NYT’s new project and its fascinating piece on the progress of real income growth across countries and explaining why recent wage growth poses no inflationary threats (featuring a reprise of Frozen’s “Let It Go”) in my inaugural post.
  • Underscoring a piece from MarketWatch’s Alicia Munnell that reveals a fragile picture of retirement preparedness.
  • Pointing out the hypocrisy in motion regarding the House Republican’s recent move to permanently extend tax credits – mostly for businesses ­– without paying for them.
  • Explaining why — in a downside surprise — real GDP barely grew at all last quarter.
  • Examining inequality and pay through the scope of the “rents” versus merit.
  • Highlighting a few points from an excellent NYT piece by Samuel Bowles and Arjun Jayadev on inequality and guard labor.
  • Using an index of three wages series to discuss acceleration in wage growth ahead of the FOMC.
  • Pondering a good question from MSNBC’s Alex Witt regarding Thomas Pikkety’s “Capital in the 21st Century”.
  • Pointing out that maybe the Fed’s quantitative easing was helping a little more than people thought.
  • Analyzing technology and markets:  is flash front running insider trading?
  • Delving into the topic of wage theft and explaining why it must not be ignored.
  • Describing why slack in the labor market is whack.
  • Music: a recent pop/rap song that I find super catchy — listener discretion advised — in this week’s musical interlude.
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