Posts by Sean McElwee

A spectre haunts us, the spectre of robots. The Economist writes, “it seems likely that this wave of technological disruption to the job market has only just started. From driverless cars to clever...
January 28, 2014 | Sean McElwee
There are two market ways to reduce C02 emissions (the other options, like “command and control” would involve more overt government intervention). The first is cap and trade. The U.S. tried, and...
January 23, 2014 | Sean McElwee
The economics blogosphere as well as mainstream publications are alight with new research from Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez and Nicholas Turner on upward mobility. It’s...
January 23, 2014 | Sean McElwee
In the New York Times, a former Wall Street banker begins a deep and emotional piece on wealth addiction with the following confession: In my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million —...
January 22, 2014 | Sean McElwee
Over the weekend I read Lane Kenworthy’s Social Democratic America, a fantastic book that touches on a broad range of material in an academic, but brisk and readable fashion. It also has an extensive...
January 21, 2014 | Sean McElwee
James Surowiecki is very worried. He is worried that a large group of Americans are overworked and overtired. They are often called in at odd hours, which makes it harder for them to get a good night...
January 21, 2014 | Sean McElwee
Eugenio Proto and Aldo Rustichini have written a new column for VOX in which they argue that once GDP per capita reaches a certain level, it actually begins to correlate with lower life satisfaction.
January 16, 2014 | Sean McElwee