Month: September 2010

  • Do Americans Want to Live in Sweden?

    A couple of alert readers have sent me interesting “inequality in the news.” Ankur sent me this story from the NY Times Economix blog reporting results from the 2009 American Community Survey — not surprisingly, inequality reached a historic high last year

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  • Wilkinson & Pickett: Are they right?

    Rob de Vries (Imperial College London) finds reasons to be uncertain about The Spirit Level’s claims on inequality. In his earlier post discussing The Spirit Level, Ben said that we’d return to the subject of whether the books’ claims were actually true or not. It’s a highly fraught question, but with Wilkinson and Pickett saying […]

  • What the new UK opposition leader thinks about inequality

    For those of you who don’t track the highs and lows of the UK Labour Party in as much detail as I do: they have a new leader called Ed Miliband, and he was talking about inequality in his first interview on Sunday.1 This promises to be a key part of his agenda, and this […]

  • Why progressives in Europe should learn to love high tuition fees

    Timo Idema argues that graduates should pay for their own education – on fairness grounds. A recent report by the OECD finds that — on average, across OECD countries — a higher educated male’s gross earnings are 300,000 US dollars* higher than those of a lower educated male. Net of direct tuition and other costs […]

  • Colbert’s Immigration Plan: Don’t Eat Vegetables

    “America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. Now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables, and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you’ll see that many Americans have already started.” Stephen Colbert provided a number of fantastic one-liners […]

  • Are well-educated people kidding themselves that they’re left-wing?

    My interest was stirred by a recent article on the BBC website that claimed that older, well-educated people pretend that they’re more left-wing than they actually are.  The right-wing quality newspaper The Daily Telegraph seemed to have fun with their headline, “Champagne socialists ‘not as left-wing as they think they are’”…  But is the claim true?

  • Why Can’t the United States be a European Health Care State?

    If the United States health care system could be made to work like (gulp) the French health care system, it could cover everyone and put a little bit of money back into their pockets too. The principal American vice is not cruelty, but waste.

  • Urban Institute’s Feature on Poverty

    On Wednesday I put up a short post on the 2009 Census poverty estimates. I noticed that the Urban Institute has put up a feature on their own recent research related to measuring poverty, the consequences of poverty, and policies. There are many good papers. I liked the figure (below) from Austin Nichols’ paper which […]

  • ‘Statistical catfights’ on the effects of inequality

    However hard we try to communicate our work, inequality research is often tucked away on the unread pages of newspapers – if it even gets that far. So it’s slightly shocking that a book presenting evidence that ‘more equal societies almost always do better’ has become the must-read political book of the year in the […]