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Mark Allen Thoma (born December 15, 1956) is a macroeconomist and econometrician and a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Oregon. Thoma is best known as a regular columnist for The Fiscal Times through his blog "Economist's View", which Paul Krugman called "the best place by far to keep up with the latest in economic discourse", and as an analyst at CBS MoneyWatch. He is also a regular contributor to EconoMonitor.

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Trade, Jobs, and Inequality (Video)

Participants: Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor at the Graduate Center. David Autor, leading labor economist; professor at MIT, where he directs the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative; and editor in chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Brad DeLong, economics professor at U.C. Berkeley; weblogger for the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and former U.S. deputy assistant...

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Do Sweatshops Lift Workers Out of Poverty?

Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon: Do Sweatshops Lift Workers Out of Poverty?: In the 1990s, Americans learned more about the appalling conditions at the factories where our sneakers and T-shirts were made, and opposition to sweatshops surged. But some economists pushed back. For them, the wages and conditions in sweatshops might be appalling, but they are an improvement on people’s less visible rural poverty. As the economist Joan Robinson said, “The misery of being exploited by...

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Yes, the Stock and Bond Markets Can Both Be Right

Tim Duy: Yes, the Stock and Bond Markets Can Both Be Right: Equities have renewed their rally -- and so have bonds, and that is creating much alarm among some investors. Whereas the former suggests the stage is set for solid growth, the latter and the accompanying narrowing of the yield curve raises red flags about the health of the economy. I am not sure there is much of a puzzle here. This dichotomy is fairly typical of a monetary tightening cycle and can exist for a long time. How long?...

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Links for 04-27-17

A John Bates Clark Prize for Economic History! - A Fine Theorem Unambiguous Evidence That Concentration Is on the Rise - ProMarket To accommodate or not: The Fed’s new normal - Eggertsson, Mehrotra, Robbins How Accurate are Projections of Energy Intensity? - Stochastic Trend The Global Systemically Important Banks: An Update - Tim Taylor “I am the king of debt. I do love debt. I love debt.” - Using Fiscal Policy for Trade Rebalancing ise Hard - Brad Setser Minimum-Wage...

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Minimum Wages and the Distribution of Family Incomes in the United States

Arindrajit Dube at Equitable Growth:  Minimum wages and the distribution of family incomes in the United States: Introduction The ability of minimum-wage policies in the United States to aid lower-income families depends on how they affect wage gains, potential job losses, and other sources of family income, including public assistance. In contrast to a large body of research on the effects of minimum wages on employment,1 there are relatively fewer studies that empirically estimate...

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Links for 04-26-17

We Just Breached the 410 PPM Threshold for CO2 - Scientific American Theory and evidence for the last two decades of tariff reductions - VoxEU Corporate Rate Cuts Could Hurt Workers - CBPP Actual U.S. Corporate Tax Rates Are in Line with Comparable Countries - CBPP Inclusive growth requires maintenance of full employment - Brookings How Trump’s Pick for Top Antitrust Cop May Shape Competition - NYTimes When Restrictions on House-Building Meet Growing Demand - Tim Taylor The...

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What Can Be Done to Improve the Episteme of Economics?

Brad DeLong: What Can Be Done to Improve the Episteme of Economics?: I think this is needed: INET: Education Initiative: "We are thrilled that you are joining us at the Berkeley Spring 2017 Education Convening, Friday, April 28th 9am-5pm Blum Hall, B100 #5570, Berkeley, CA 94720-5570... https://www.ineteconomics.org/education/curricula-modules/education-initiative ...Sign up here: https://fs24.formsite.com/inet/form97/index.html or email aoe@ineteconomics.org... I strongly share...

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Links for 04-25-17

The Welfare State in the Twenty First Century - Joseph Stiglitz How Bad is Peer Review? - Douglas L. Campbell Economic mobility has nearly halved since 1940 - EurekAlert! Wells Fargo and the Failure of Boards and Regulators - ProMarket Partisan Divide Over Economic Outlook Worries Ben Bernanke -  NYTimes Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds - NYTimes An 'exciting' economist in empirical trade - AEA Interview China, robots, monopolies, and landlords...

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Paul Krugman: Zombies of Voodoo Economics

 "Because it offers a rationale for lower taxes on the wealthy": Zombies of Voodoo Economics, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: According to many reports, Donald Trump is getting frantic as his administration nears the 100-day mark. It’s an arbitrary line in the sand, but one he himself touted in many pre-inauguration boasts. And it will be an occasion for numerous articles detailing how little of substance he has actually accomplished. ... Mr. Trump sold himself to voters as...

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Links for 04-24-17

Education and inequality in the mid-20th century United States - VoxEU A theory of the rise and fall of economic leadership - Branko Milanovic Is It Time to Break Up Google? - The New York Times Breaking the ‘strong economy’ narrative - mainly macro New understandings of populism - Understanding Society The persistent headache of sluggish investment - VoxEU First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the... - Robert Reich Where Credit Is Due - Economic Principals Bank holidays...

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