Archive for August 2012

Freakonomics Goes to College

The Freakonomics site has a new podcast (audio and transcript available here) that looks at the costs and benefits of going to college. The podcast touches on issues that I’ve been thinking about a fair amount lately. One quote particularly caught my eye. Berkeley economist David Card makes two points that Heather Boushey and I […]

A Closer Look at Good Jobs by Education Level

Over the last few days, several blogs (Kevin Drum, Brad Plumer at WonkBlog, Andrew Sullivan, and ThinkProgress) have commented on the chart below, which Janelle Jones and I prepared for a recent CEPR report (pdf) we wrote on “Good Jobs.” The chart shows that over the last three decades the share of college-educated workers with […]

Graphabulous No. 5: Men’s 100 meter dash

It has been a while since I’ve posted a graphabulous, but I couldn’t pass this one up. The New York Times has constructed a tremendous chart to show us just how much faster Usain Bolt is than every other Olympic medalist in the history of the event. The vertical axis shows each Olympic year (no […]

Technology or Power?

Within the economics profession, the standard explanation for rising inequality over the last three decades is that we have been experiencing a long-term shortage of college-educated workers. Technological progress, the story goes, has increased demand for the kind of highly skilled workers that colleges produce, but, young people have not been going to college in […]

Demotivator: Economics

From Demotivator. Via @price_laborecon.