Manufacturing employment shrank from 31 percent of workers in the 1950s to under 10 percent in the 2010s. Is that trend reversing? Continue reading Is U.S. Manufacturing Showing Signs of Growth?
For two decades the pay gap has been stuck. But, in the last two years, it shrank. Is this closing of the gap real, or a data blip? Continue reading Is the Gender Gap Closing?
For two decades, the share of disabled veterans that were working dropped. Was policy discouraging work? Or was it something simpler? Continue reading Supporting Disabled Veterans Is As Important as Ever
Was welfare reform a success? Although it depends how you define success, I would say “No.” Continue reading Did Welfare-to-Work Policy Actually Work?
AI may be putting us all in a giant game of The Prisoner’s Dilemma. The bad news: in that game, we all lose. Continue reading Could AI Be an Example of the Prisoner’s Dilemma?
Artificial intelligence will take some workers’ jobs. But, whose exactly? Not the poorest. Not the richest. Yup, those in the middle. Continue reading Will Artificial Intelligence Lead to a Second Great Polarization?
Economists hate rent control. While recent policies are better than the old ones, better options exist. Continue reading Is Rent Control a Good Idea?
31 Trillion Dollars sounds like a pretty big debt. Is it? Yes, but perhaps not catastrophically so. Continue reading How Big a Problem is the U.S. Government Debt Anyway?
Wage growth is only meaningful if it exceeds increases in prices. So, has it? And, if so, for who? Continue reading Wages Vs. Inflation: The Battle Continues
Which jobs is AI coming for? Like always, it ain’t the high paying ones. Continue reading Which Jobs is AI Coming for First?