Category: Economics

flourishing and paid family leave

The Families Valued initiative of the Center for Public Justice has just released their new report on paid family leave, and I have some thoughts about it over on the main page. I think they make a pretty solid argument...

/ July 24, 2018

poverty of imagination

I mentioned my Comment review of Jamil Jivani’s debut book Why Young Men? before, and he’s done a follow-up interview with the associated Convivium: One of the things I explore in the book – which is a pretty defining part of...

/ July 18, 2018

the elephant curve

Here’s a fun one from John Lancester at the London Review of Books: The economist who has done more in this field than anyone else, Branko Milanović, has a wonderful graph that illustrates the point about the relative outcomes for...

/ July 17, 2018

there aren’t good short-term fixes for migration, either

Last week I highlighted a really good article about the long-term migration problem that the world is facing. Here is more evidence from The Atlantic that things aren’t holding in the short-term, either: When I asked immigration experts this week...

/ July 5, 2018

illth

I stumbled upon this fine little essay from Micah Meadowcroft about illth, a term coined by John Ruskin to describe the misuse of wealth: There are no unique secrets here, just the recognition that money can be misspent — or...

/ July 3, 2018

the long-term migration problem

This is hard to read, but it’s necessary to ponder. It begins with the story of Jose Matada, who climbed into the landing gear of a plane and died when he fell out as the plane was descending in 2012....

/ June 27, 2018

loneliness, refugees, and the spaces we live in

This essay by D.L. Mayfield in Comment is very relevant to my interests: The suburban neighbourhood where I currently live was not built for community. This was done by design—the suburbs were meant to be bastions of happy isolation, with...

/ June 18, 2018

my review of Jamil Jivani’s “Why Young Men?”

I reviewed Jamil Jivani’s new book, Why Young Men?, for Comment magazine. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) book that explores the very important question of why young men are radicalized and embrace violence. It is a bit tricky to nail down...

/ June 11, 2018

the power map of baltimore

Dr. Lawrence Brown and his public health students have produced a fascinating map of Baltimore that illustrates historic and contemporary inequities. They’ve also produced a set of ideas that can help remediate these inequities: In a hypersegregated city, segrenomics results in the redlining...

/ June 5, 2018

when the plant closes

Alec MacGillis has been doing stellar work about some of America’s neglected places, and this piece about a town in Ohio grappling with the imminent closure of a coal-fired power plant is no different: Lee Anderson, director of governmental affairs...

/ June 1, 2018