Links: May 2008

U.S. economy

A feeble recovery, by Josh Bivens and John Irons

Success breeds failure, by Paul Krugman

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Inequality and prices: does China benefit the poor in America?, by Christian Broda and John Romalis

Time in our hands, by Steven Cave

Black America: nearer to overcoming, The Economist

Do the right things, Financial Times

Income inequality seen as the great divide, Financial Times

Working families and economic insecurity in the states, by Shawn Fremsted, Rebecca Ray, and Hye Jin Rho

Pain and inequality, by Kathy G.

Was it easier being a mother in 1908?, by Marilyn Gardner

Controversies about the rise of American inequality: a survey, by Robert Gordon and Ian Dew-Becker

The rising instability of American family incomes, 1969-2004, by Jacob Hacker and Elizabeth Jacobs

The minimum wage merry-go-round, by Ezra Klein

Graduates versus oligarchs, by Paul Krugman (via Mark Thoma)

Seeing inflation only in the prices that go up, by David Leonhardt

People aren’t losing their jobs as much as they’re losing hours, by Matt Lewis

Nation’s poorest 1% now controls two-thirds of U.S. soda can wealth, The Onion (via Alex Hicks)

A land where CEOs have stopped smiling, by Sam Pizzigati

Do employees care about their relative position?, by Benno Togler, Markus Schaffner, Sascha Schmidt, and Bruno Frey (via Chris Dillow)


A wake-up call for global tax cheats, BusinessWeek

President Bush has made tax day easier for the rich, at the expense of everyone else, Citizens for Tax Justice

The official word on whether capital gains tax cuts increase revenue (it’s no), by Justin Fox

The invisible hand is shaking, by Robert Frank

Forget death and taxes; how about health and taxes?, by Howard Gleckman

Lessons from Massachusetts for states considering a property tax cap, by Phil Oliff and Iris Lav

Tax policy and the house price bubble, by Thomas Palley

Taxes, Warren Buffett, and paying my fair share, by Justin Wolfers


Trade, jobs, and wages, by Josh Bivens

Free-trader fear mongering, by Dani Rodrik

Larry Summers commentary

The free-trade paradox, by James Surowiecki

How to preserve the open economy at a time of stress, by Martin Wolf


Stranded in suburbia, by Paul Krugman

Mortgage holders find it hard to walk away from their homes, New York Times

The scars of losing a home, by Robert Shiller

Keeping families above water, by David Wessel

Health care

Even the insured feel strain of health costs, New York Times


The politics of human capital, by Don Arthur, Will Wilkinson, Mark Thoma

In the basement of the ivory tower, by “Professor X”

U.S. politics

What would Buddha do?, by Jared Bernstein

Skirting Appalachia, by Charles Blow

White voters, Obama, and Appalachia, by DHinMI

Vote like thy neighbor, by William Galston and Pietro Nivola

The white working class: forgotten voters no more, New York Times

Will Obama unify the Democratic party?, by John Sides


How much does it cost to combat world hunger?, by Dean Baker

$1.25 a day, by Chris Blattman

Should Canada, Australia, and Sweden ignore most of the world?, by Chris Blattman

No wonder Iceland has the happiest people on earth, by John Carlin (via Tyler Cowen)

Paul Collier on the food crisis

Does military intervention work?, by Paul Collier and Bjørn Lomborg

New Labour and the strategy of insecurity, by Chris Dillow

On the poverty line, The Economist

The Copenhagen consensus, by Robert Kuttner

For Europe’s middle class, stagnant wages stunt lifestyle, New York Times

The new development economics, by Dani Rodrik

The rich get hungrier, by Amartya Sen

Rising wages are the least of Europe’s worries, by Andrew Watt

The growth report, World Bank Commission on Growth and Development


People are changing their minds about homosexuality, by Tina Fetner

Gay marriage support and opposition, by Charles Franklin

Top ten reasons to go vegetarian, by Bruce Friedrich

Time for Harvard to move?, by Greg Mankiw

America needs the United Nations, by Mark Mazower

In economic terms, recycling almost pays, New York Times

On the relationship between journalism and social science, by John Sides

Humor for graduate students, by Lee Sigelman

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