Tag: Inequality

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The cost of inequality

Watch my illustrated interview with Steve Brodner about the surge of income inequality on PBS’s “Need to Know”

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Has educastion lost its punch?

Paul Krugman suggests we can no longer count on education to increase workers’ prosperity.

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The (falling) price of labor

Something happened about 30 years ago to throw a wrench into the workings of the American labor market. This chart shows the evolution of the productivity of American workers and what they got paid for their work. The two variables tracked … Continue reading

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

An Oscar for our times

The Oscars are upon us! I normally don’t have anything to say about this. But this year I have a candidate for the title of best picture: The King’s Speech. My choice has nothing to do with the quality of … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Price of Super-lawyers.

In The Price of Everything I write about how pay is becoming increasingly lopsided around the world. The trend is evident from top entertainers to star chief executives at big multinational corporations:  superstars are reaping a growing share of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The value of the rich and the poor

Perhaps it’s unsurprising that the incomes of the rich converge around the world. The chart below —by World Bank economist Branko Milanovic– shows how the richest Brazilian or Russian is about as rich as the richest German or American. That … Continue reading

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