Archive for January, 2012

Friedan – Global Economic Symposium

January 27, 2012


Econ 630 Links

January 27, 2012


The Economist Magazine:

Roubini’s Global Economics Monitor:

VOX website for summaries of longer articles and analyses:

Peterson Institute: Real Time Economic Issues Watch:

Council on Foreign Relations: Geoeconomic Studies:

Greg Mankiw’s Blog:

Brad DeLong’s Blog:

January 25, 2012

Great john wiley publication on world affairs

A Portrait of California

January 23, 2012

A Portrait of California

By Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis
Social Science Research Council, 2011

A Portrait of California goes beyond the state’s fiscal and budgetary woes to examine the well-being of its people using the American Human Development Index, a measure based on official government data in health, education, and living standards. This timely report introduces the ‘Five Californias’ to highlight the varied opportunities open to differing segments of the population, and provides close-up snapshots of major metro areas. The report also ranks native-born and foreign-born residents for each major ethnic group, as well as all 233 Census neighborhoods in the state. The report concludes with recommendations aligned with current fiscal realities for protecting and building upon human development successes already in place.

A few facts:

  • Asian American women in California can expect to live up to 88.6 years, over 18 years longer than African American men.
  • A gap of $58,000 in median personal earnings separate the top earners in the Santa Clara–Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos area (about $73,000) from the lowest earners in the LA–East Adams–Exposition Park area (about $15,000)—a gap double the median personal earnings for the country as a whole.
  • Just 100 of California’s nearly 2,500 high schools account for nearly half of the state’s dropouts.
  • California’s Latina women earn the least, at $18,000—earnings on par with those of the typical American worker in 1960, half a century ago.

A Portrait of California highlights actions that Californians can take to lock in human development successes today while setting the stage for significant budget savings and improved well-being tomorrow. These include investing in public health campaigns and food subsidies for fruits and vegetables; investing in preschool and targeting the worst performing high schools with the highest dropout rates; and taking steps to address gender equality and wage discrimination in the workplace.

Paul Matick Business as usual—future of capitalism

January 23, 2012


to get a desk copy

Andrew Bacevich for Econ 630

January 23, 2012

1 Percent Education in the NYT

January 23, 2012

About a hidden meritocracy

Travis Smiley Forum: From Poverty to Prosperity

January 16, 2012

World Food Systems and Natural Capital

January 13, 2012

Guns and Butter

January 12, 2012