Posts Tagged ‘Simon Kuznets’

  • For most economists, historians, social scientists, it is tough to avoid research bias

    Making Presidential History

    Nov 13, 12 • 356 Views • No Comments

    President Obama has been having dinner with historians. Described by the NY Times as a “largely left tilting group,” the names I consistently discovered that attended the dinners were: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, Robert Caro, Robert...  [read more]

  • Trees Reflect Urban Wealth

    Trees and Money

    Oct 2, 12 • 244 Views • No Comments

    In one NPR report on trees and income inequality, a senior online NOVA editor showed his sky shots (below) of Piedmont CA and nearby West Oakland. Piedmont, which he described as a “wealthy enclave” was quite green while West Oakland “known...  [read more]

  • World War II industrial mobilization

    Winning World War II With Numbers

    Sep 2, 12 • 385 Views • No Comments

    The year was 1940. Seeing that war might be imminent, President Roosevelt approached the president of General Motors. Wartime conversion was the issue. To become an “arsenal of democracy,” how could we produce planes instead of Pontiacs? With...  [read more]

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    Home Economics

    May 29, 12 • 292 Views • No Comments

    What if we think of a household as a production unit that does child care, gardening, cooking and cleaning? And, if the work in the home is “outsourced” when people hire a nanny, a housekeeper, a gardener or do take-out for dinner, then the GDP reflects...  [read more]

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    Marriage Data

    Dec 16, 11 • 309 Views • No Comments

    When a valid research study with dependable numbers says the marriage age has climbed to historic heights, should we assume its conclusions are valid? Not necessarily. In Economix, Catherine Rampell describes the problem. Her story begins with a Pew Research...  [read more]