Monthly Archives: January 2013
What’s the profile of a typical ‘birther’ – a person who doesn’t believe President Obama was born in the USA? To answer the question I downloaded the ‘2010-12 ANES Evaluations of Government and Society Study (EGSS1)’ dataset. I specified a … Continue reading
Here are interesting findings on how economists and the public diverge on some important issues. Source: The Economist. January 12, 2013.
At Essential Reading on the Deficit/Debt Issue kavips posts: “Did I hear someone say they couldn’t find empirical evidence that higher taxes create jobs? http://www.epi.org/publication/books_rethinking_growth/ http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2011/06/24/Will-Higher-Taxes-Tank-the-Economy.aspx#page1 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-02/raising-taxes-isn-t-a-kiss-of-death-for-employment-growth-history-shows.html http://www.decisionsonevidence.com/2012/04/more-jobs-through-lower-tax-rates-a-look-at-the-evidence/ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tax-cuts-rich-dont-spur-151649273.html http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2010/04/a-tax-on-jobs-experimental-evidence.html Rutgers economic historian James Livingston has reasserted it in an excellent book: … Continue reading
Go to the Slate article for an interactive map depicting how much the gun lobby has contributed to your Congressional representative.
Amazing. Take a look at ‘government transfer payments to individulas as a percent of total county personal income, 2011′. In many counties, especially in the south and southwest, the percent is as high as 30.4 to 54.5%. USDA Economic Research … Continue reading
As a retired educator and having spent the great majority of my career in higher education I am always curious about how post-secondary education effects the lives of those who have attained a degree in higher education. A few days ago I learned about “NSF SESTAT 2008 … Continue reading
Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, explains why inequality is stunting economic recovery. “There are four major reasons inequality is squelching our recovery. The most immediate is that our middle class is too weak to support the consumer spending that has historically … Continue reading
Many headlines this past week focused on the news that “military suicide deaths exceed combat deaths.” That’s truly a sad fact but there’s more to the story that for the most part was missed. It’s a fact the suicide trend … Continue reading
Via Newswise: Newswise — Juice from rice cells can knock out two kinds of human cancer cells as well or better than the potent anti-cancer drug Taxol, a Michigan Technological University scientist has discovered in laboratory tests. Plus, it does … Continue reading