Tagged: inequality

Air Gini - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 04, 2014

In today's glass-half-empty news, inequality in airline space has increased.While it used to be the case that the top 7% of passengers got about 15% of the room, transatlantic configurations give proportionately more space to first-class passengers: th... Read More

Implausible counterfactuals - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 15, 2014

Imagine that Winston Peters had a more clever web team and came up with a nifty infographic. The infographic asked you to input your race. Then it showed how many more jobs each race got in New Zealand in the period 1980 to present. If you'd selected "Asian" at the start, the infographic would tell you that your group got … Read More

Two interesting looking recent working papers - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Aug 26, 2014

First a paper on Thomas Piketty's recent book:The Rise and Fall of General Laws of CapitalismDaron Acemogluy James A. RobinsonzAbstractThomas Piketty's recent book, Capital in the Twenty First Century, follows in the tradition of the great classical economists, Malthus, Ricardo and Marx, in formulating "general laws" to diagnose and predict the dynamics of inequality. We argue that all … Read More

Whole Latta Derp - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 01, 2014

If one of the the points of a public broadcaster is to provide basic factual information to voters prior to an election, so that they can then make up their own minds about what policies are the appropriate responses to the current state of the world, then TV One failed magnificently last night with Nigel Latta's infomercial.The video of … Read More

Infotainment - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 30, 2014

Documentaries. They make you feel like you're learning something, unless you actually know something about what's on the tele. In the latter case, they just make you mad.Nigel Latta's going to be exploring the horrors of inequality later tonight on TV One. Here's the TV One blurb:Nigel Latta: The new haves and have nots'I grew up believing that … Read More