In business, it’s one thing to be bad at a job that has to exist, or to be good at a job that doesn’t need to exist, but it’s hard to justify keeping a worker who is bad at a job that shouldn’t exist. On a slightly related note, that’s kind of how I feel about… Read More Having the Wrong Debate the Wrong Way
Austan Gooslbee is the former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama. He is currently the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His earlier email interview with the Observer can be found here.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress. Before working at the Center, she was the policy director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and the domestic policy director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Kenyon shelled out thousands of dollars to have Robert Putnam launch the busiest day of CSAD’s biennial conference on Thursday, and ultimately, that was money well spent. Putnam offered a charismatic mix of anecdotal and quantitative evidence, but most importantly, he demonstrated genuine enthusiasm for solving the problem of economic inequality during a conference where… Read More CSAD: Robert Putnam’s Highly Anticipated Talk
Late in his speech, Professor Austan Goolsbee admitted that economists, as a profession, have historically lacked either “great emotions or people skills”. Yet coming from Goolsbee, the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at U Chicago’s Booth School of Business, this assertion seemed a little disingenuous: his discussion of inequality and the market stood out for both… Read More CSAD: Inequality and the Market with Austan Goolsbee
As part of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s conference this week, students and faculty were treated to a panel discussion from Branko Milanovic, Ben White and Charles Horner (see here for our interview with Horner). Milanovic is a Serbian economist specializing on inequality and development who is currently a visiting professor at… Read More CSAD: Global Perspectives on Inequality
Take a second and ask yourself what your family’s socioeconomic status is. If you’re like the model American, you answered with something ending in “middle class” and chances are that you assigned yourself this identity without directly referencing your family’s annual household income as it compares to the American public.
Ross Douthat is a columnist at the New York Times and was formerly a senior editor at the Atlantic. He is the author of multiple books, including Grand New Party and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and served as chief economic adviser to John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Professor Tom Karako inaugurated the first panel of the CSAD conference on the politics of inequality on a light note: “I’m going to say this all day long, but I think this will be my favorite panel.” He also acknowledged that an enthusiastic—and at times heated—online discussion had already begun among some of the conference’s… Read More CSAD: Public Policy and Inequality
Yesterday evening, members of the community gathered in Rosse Hall for the inaugural event of this year’s Biennial Conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of American Democracy. Addressing some of the fundamental background on the conference’s topic of economic inequality was Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a career economist who has served as Director of the Congressional Budget… Read More CSAD: The Doctor and the Guard
Austan Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Amity Shlaes is an author and columnist at Forbes, and currently chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Her books include Germany: The Empire Within, The Greedy Hand, The Forgotten Man and Coolidge. Shlaes has also written for Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times, among other publications, and is also a regular… Read More CSAD: Interview with Amity Shlaes
Ezra Klein is an award winning American blogger, journalist and columnist. He has worked for The Washington Post, MSNBC, Bloomberg News and the American Prospect. In 2010 he was named Blogger of The Year by The Week. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington by GQ. Klein is the editor-in-chief… Read More CSAD: Interview with Ezra Klein
On Saturday, President Obama surprised many, including his own senior advisors, by announcing that he would seek Congressional approval to engage in air strikes against the Syrian government as a response to evidence showing that Bashar al-Assad’s regime used Sarin gas in an August 21st attack. It appears increasingly likely that Congress will vote against the… Read More Please Proceed, Congress
“In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community. In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer… Read More Why Immigration Reform is an LGBTQ+ Issue
Today’s international post will focus on two big stories, from the Spanish perspective. First of all, Catalunya’s legislature, the Generalitat, approved a “Declaration of Sovereignty” today. The measure was made the number one issue in Catalunya’s September elections, in which the nationalist-centrist party CiU won the majority of seats, but not enough to form a… Read More “España es diferente.” Spain is different indeed.
1,364. That is the number of days it has been since the United States Senate last passed a budget. One may think that with a national debt approaching $17 trillion (and set to rise without reform) and yearly deficits north of $1 trillion, the upper body of the U.S. legislator would show a little interest… Read More A Disgraceful Senate