Links: April 2009

U.S. economy

How to help the economy, and families, by Heather Boushey

Kick-starting employment, by Brad DeLong

Why we need not fear that a bigger stimulus will be counterproductive, by Brad DeLong

The last temptation of risk, by Barry Eichengreen (via Mark Thoma)

A tale of two depressions, by Barry Eichengreen and Kevin O’Rourke

What’s keeping Tim Geithner from being bolder?, by Justin Fox

The quiet coup, by Simon Johnson

Why little action on banking can do great harm, by Simon Johnson and Peter Boone

Green shoots and glimmers, by Paul Krugman

Making banking boring, by Paul Krugman

Reconsidering a miracle, by Paul Krugman

Stimulus thinking, and nuance, by David Leonhardt

Was the New Deal a bust?, by Jeff Madrick

Recession, far from over, already setting records, by Floyd Norris

More cities seeing at least 15% unemployment, Real Time Economics

A report card on Obamanomics, approaching 100 days, by Robert Reich

How to understand the disaster, by Robert Solow

Is America the new Russia?, by Martin Wolf

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Preferences for redistribution, by Alberto Alesina and Paola Giuliano

Conservatives need new models, by Phillip Blond

More or less equal?, The Economist

Earning well, feeling otherwise, by Gary Fields

Food stamp use soars in US, Financial Times

The red ink of a greyer future, Financial Times

The asset-bubble theory of income inequality, by Justin Fox

Post-consumer prosperity, by Robert H. Frank

What we can live without, Free Exchange

A strong safety net encourages healthy risk-taking, by Jacob Hacker

Take off, by Jacob Hacker and Elizabeth Jacobs

A green jobs primer, by Bracken Hendricks, Andrew Light, and Benjamin Goldstein

The jobs solution, by Leo Hindery and Donald Riegle

Robert Frank on why we should make Wall Street poorer, via Ezra Klein

Semi-regular Social Security corrective, by Ezra Klein

Money for nothing, by Paul Krugman

Ten radical remedies America needs, by Robert Kuttner

64 ways to rebuild NYC’s middle class, by Jennifer Lee

Do smart parents raise smart kids?, by Andrew Leigh

Fair pay, by Megan McArdle

After off year, Wall Street pay is bouncing back, New York Times

Executive pay makes a u-turn, New York Times

States slashing social programs for the vulnerable, New York Times

The state of opportunity in America, Opportunity Agenda (via Inclusionist)

An agenda for social democracy, by John Quiggin

What to do about government spending and universal health care, by Robert Reich

Obama’s nudge-ocracy plan for reducing inequality, by Noam Scheiber

Institutions, partisanship, and inequality in the long run, by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

Economic growth and security, by Mark Thoma

Household wealth in a freefall, by Christian Weller and Jessica Lynch

How to start to get trillions in lost wealth back, by Christian Weller

College attainment and family income, by Matthew Yglesias

Health care

Reconciliation: this changes everything, by Jonathan Cohn

Why not the HAA?, by William Galston

Why a public insurance plan is essential for health reform, by Alexander Hertel

Should employer-based health care be tax-deductible?, by Ezra Klein

The myth of waiting lines, by Ezra Klein

This is the easy part, by Ezra Klein

An open hand, but a very firm handshake, by Maggie Mahar

Beyond health care, by Maggie Mahar

Democrats agree on a health plan; now comes the hard part, New York Times

Obama tactics shield health care from a filibuster, New York Times

Health reform without a public plan: the German model, by Uwe Reinhardt

Health care reform: dollars and sense, by Pat S.


Tax tea party fantasy, by Bruce Bartlett

The fiscal hole that must be filled, by Clive Crook

Tax evasion, The Economist

The 400 richest Americans and their terrible tax burden, by Justin Fox

Before tea, thank your lucky stars, by Robert H. Frank

The estate tax, by Howard Gleckman

Who pays taxes? Who should?, by Howard Gleckman

Why I hate filing my taxes, by Howard Gleckman

Why the GST is a good idea, by Stephen Gordon

Senate to uber-rich: help is on the way, by Bob Greenstein (via Mark Thoma)

When ignorance isn’t bliss, by Andrew Leigh

Richly undeserved, by David Leonhardt

Tax fantasies of the right and left, by Steven Pearlstein

How much Americans actually pay in taxes, by Catherine Rampbell

Just how progressive is the tax system?, by Catherine Rampbell

More on income levels and tax rates, by Catherine Rampbell

Taking action against tax havens, Real Time Economics

Warning: tax hikes ahead, eventually, Real Time Economics

Paying for what government should do, by Jeffrey Sachs

Problems with the value-added tax in Europe, by Mark Thoma

In the debate over tax policy, the power of luck shouldn’t be overlooked, by Hal Varian (via Mark Thoma)

America’s income tax burden near historic low, Washington Post

Emmanuel Saez on taxes and elasticity, by Matthew Yglesias

Talking about taxes, by Matthew Yglesias


Can we make America smarter?, by Andrew Hacker

The economic impact of the achievement gap in America’s schools, McKinsey & Co. (via Matthew Yglesias)

High-quality pre-K to 3rd: how much does it cost?, by Sara Mead

End the university as we know it, by Mark Taylor


A tale of two exurbs, by Ben Adler

Detroit story of the day, by Ryan Avent

Future cities, by Ryan Avent

The high cost of short buildings, by Matthew Yglesias


Immigration is a necessary component of a realistic utopia, by Jonathan Dingel

As global demand contracts, trade is slumping and protectionism rising, The Economist

Globalization promotes peace, by Jong-Wha Lee and Ju Hyun Pyun

Immigration for shared prosperity, by Ray Marshall

The implosion in cross-border lending, by John Plender

Did globalization produce an increase in economic growth?, by Dani Rodrik


A deal to organise, Financial Times

Card check is dead, by Thomas Frank

Majority receptive to law making unionizing easier, Gallup

U.S. politics

Why Twitter is the last thing D.C. needs, by Matt Bai

Why the Democrats can’t govern, by Jonathan Chait

Can Obama be a majority of one?, by Robert Dallek

Nudge-ocracy: Barack Obama’s new theory of the state, by Franklin Foer and Noam Scheiber

Red and blue economies?, by Andrew Gelman

New research refutes the myth that America is a “center right” nation, by John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira

Polarization and history, by Ed Kilgore

The consolations of polarization, by Ezra Klein

The Senate is broken, by Ezra Klein

Three flavors of delicious reconciliation, by Ezra Klein

How Obama can succeed in the next 100 days and beyond, by Robert Reich

Ideas and interests, by Dani Rodrik

What would a “bipartisan” Obama look like?, by Nate Silver

No country for close calls, by Nate Silver and Andrew Gelman

New progressive America, by Ruy Teixeira

Why is the GOP throwing Senate races?, by Matthew Yglesias


The impact of the global financial crisis on the world’s poorest, by Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion

Data data everywhere, by Jim Cust

The horrors of Nordic socialism exposed, The Daily Show (via Matthew Yglesias)

Chronically hungry passes 1 billion, Financial Times

Getting women into paid employment, by Duncan Green

A fragile flexibility (U.K.), by Brian Groom

Aided by safety nets, Europe resists stimulus push, New York Times

British plan to raise taxes, New York Times

Japan pays foreign workers to go home, New York Times

China shows the world how to get through a crisis, by Jim O’Neill


Paying a price for loving red meat, by Jane Brody

Must you bet your views?, by Tyler Cowen

Why tables are really much better than graphs (really!), by Andrew Gelman

Yes, but why do they get married later?, by Ezra Klein

Far too many Americans are behind bars, by Lexington

Sweden becomes fifth country to legalize same-sex marriage, New York Times

The best female soccer player in the world, by Michael Sokolove

Earning a living as a creative genius, by Bernard Wasow

Historical variation in age at first marriage, by Matthew Yglesias

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