Posts Tagged ‘Simon Kuznets’

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    GDP: Does Lady Gaga Count?

    May 29, 13 • 822 Views • No Comments

    The United States just got a little richer but not because of the economic recovery. We are just changing what is included in the GDP. First a little history. I have always been fascinated by the story of Simon Kuznets. A Russian immigrant who received the......  [read more]

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    Do You Like the GDP?

    Nov 28, 12 • 408 Views • No Comments

    Having just come across the “Better Life Index,” I started thinking about Ed Koch, a former mayor of NYC who often asked everyone, “How am I doing?” Here are some thoughts about how to measure how well we are doing. The GDP:......  [read more]

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

    Making Presidential History

    Nov 13, 12 • 473 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 • 308 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]

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    Winning World War II With Numbers

    Sep 2, 12 • 505 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]