Thursday , November 15 2018

Why Kobach Lost

Summary:
This graph of Kansas employment during the Brownback years is suggestive. Figure 1: Kansas nonfarm payroll employment (dark blue) and civilian employment (pink), in thousands, s.a. Light green shading denotes Brownback administration; very light green shading denotes Colyer administration. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations. Compare Kansas against her neighbor Missouri to see how far Kansas lagged as a consequence of Brownback’s policies. Figure 2: Missouri nonfarm payroll employment (blue) and Kansas (red), in logs 2011M01=0. Light green shading denotes Brownback administration; very light green shading denotes Colyer administration. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations. Or, it could be just the sheer mendacity, mean-spirited criminality, and quasi-fascism of the candidate.

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This graph of Kansas employment during the Brownback years is suggestive.

Why Kobach Lost
Figure 1: Kansas nonfarm payroll employment (dark blue) and civilian employment (pink), in thousands, s.a. Light green shading denotes Brownback administration; very light green shading denotes Colyer administration. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.

Compare Kansas against her neighbor Missouri to see how far Kansas lagged as a consequence of Brownback’s policies.

Why Kobach Lost
Figure 2: Missouri nonfarm payroll employment (blue) and Kansas (red), in logs 2011M01=0. Light green shading denotes Brownback administration; very light green shading denotes Colyer administration. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.

Or, it could be just the sheer mendacity, mean-spirited criminality, and quasi-fascism of the candidate. Observational equivalence…

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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