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Category Archive for 'Inequality'

There Can Never Be Equality

Pardon my weekend thought. The post title tends to come off as more curmudgeony than I want it to, but my thinking is this. Suppose we move heaven and earth for the next several decades to make sure that every single person in the United States gets the very best and most equal education. In […]

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A very good and underappreciated site is Put a Number on It. Here, from a recent post on inequality, is not something many are familiar with: Transfers comprise social security and the rest of welfare. I gave $5,700 to every person over 65 and spread the rest based on number of children and distance from […]

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I next propose a tax on marriage homogeneity! Why? Well, Tyler Cowen points to some new research: Assortative mating is returning to Gilded Age levels … Patterns of intermarriage between persons who have varying levels of educational attainment are indicators of socioeconomic closure and affect the family backgrounds of children. This article documents trends in […]

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Of course, I will not share my thoughts at Thanksgiving … but here goes (start at 1:14 if you don’t like stories. One reason I love folk music is the stories): Please do NOT interpret this to suggest that I think this is an open and shut issue, or that there are not legitimate questions […]

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In this interesting article on whether “we” want more equality or something else, the author includes a discussion of an idea that is very common: People might be troubled by what they see as unjust causes of economic inequality, a perfectly reasonable concern given how much your income and wealth are determined by accidents of […]

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The reason we are talking about inequality is because we are talking about inequality. I suppose the SJW can take credit for “raising awareness:” Misperceiving Inequality by Vladimir Gimpelson, Daniel Treisman  –  #21174 (POL) Since Aristotle, a vast literature has suggested that economic inequality has important political consequences.  Higher inequality is thought to increase demand for government […]

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Fossil Fuel Friday!

Check out this paper on one of the major challenges facing minorities in poverty: And these are findings for the United States. What do you think the impact of widespread automobile ownership around the world would be not just on employment, but on general levels of satisfaction? Pardon the pun, but your mileage may vary […]

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Via Scott Alexander: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel goes up to the counter and gives a tremendously long custom order in German, specifying exactly how much of each sort of syrup he wants, various espresso shots, cream in exactly the right pattern, and a bunch of toppings, all added in a specific order at a specific […]

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As we’ve said here many times, we are NOT permitted to speak freely and honestly about race and the current state of affairs in America, But please allow me the following: Will the guilt-ridden and angry people of all stripes please spell out for me what someone like me is supposed to do. I am told […]

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If the income and wealth of every single American were to double over the next decade in REAL terms, then in a decade, the amount of measured poverty would remain unchanged. You’d also very likely see no change in inequality according to the way most people talk about it, i.e. “the income share of the […]

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