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An Analysis Of Long-Term Unemployment, With Some Help From Dilbert…

July 23rd, 2013 · 18 Comments
Discrimination · Policy

Much of the concern over the productivity of people who have been out of work for a long time appears to take this form: Admittedly, that’s a little absurd (and is perhaps why I do work on the couch), but this one isn’t nearly as much so: Given this, it’s not surprising that the hiring [...]

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An Economist Watches Basketball…

May 30th, 2012 · 8 Comments
Discrimination · Sports

Guess what I’m doing tonight (when I’m supposed to be writing, naturally)… (sidenote: I dare you to try and make a random XL t-shirt flattering) Go Celtics…hopefully I can switch back to the game 7 thumbs up as opposed to the pouting that was happening on Monday after game 1 versus the Heat. It’s not [...]

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Welcome To My Soapbox, Birth Control Edition…

April 4th, 2012 · 6 Comments
Discrimination · Markets · Policy

From my soapbox: Dear ladies: I really couldn’t care less whether you use birth control or not. In addition, I couldn’t care less whether either I or my employer subsidizes your birth control via insurance premiums. (For those of you who aren’t aware, that’s one part of the debate that people almost have right, as [...]

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The Latest From The “Life Isn’t Fair” Department, Beauty Pays Edition…

November 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Books · Discrimination · Policy

This was the conversation in my household the other day while watching The Daily Show: Jason Jones, on TV: We’ve made great strides in eradicating prejudice in this country…but, according to University of Texas economist Daniel Hamermesh, one part of society is still suffering in ways we never imagined… Me: Ugly people. Daniel Hamermesh, on [...]

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Before You Go Locking Up All Of Those “Crazy” People…

February 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments
Discrimination · Econ 101 · Fun With Math

I decided a long time ago that I didn’t want an academic career, at least in part because I didn’t want to deal with the whole tenure process. (For the record, academia may look all relaxed and thoughtful and tweed-jackety from the outside, but a lot of departments are way more cutthroat and political than [...]

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Follow Up: I Can’t Afford To Save Money At Costco…

July 17th, 2009 · 9 Comments
Discrimination · Follow Ups · Policy

Last month I wrote about how it is actually kind of expensive to be poor. This is clearly not helpful when the goal of a lot of policy is to help poor people stop being poor, or at least to be less poor. A reader friend of mine (thanks Dan L) noted that this concept, [...]

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