THUNK – 47. Economics is Hard

Economists readily admit their models can’t dictate the best economic system – I wonder how so many people can?

-Links for the Curious-

Meditations on Moloch, an interesting set of thought experiments on the effects of free markets –

“Game Theory & Global Warming,” Schecter et. al, 2008 – SACNAS National Conference, Oct. 9 — 12, 2008

“Earnings Inequality & Mobility in the United States: Evidence from Social Security Data Since 1937,” a very thorough review of data demonstrating that, while income inequality has widened significantly, there is no corresponding increase in mobility –

“Controversies about the Rise of American Inequality: A Survey,” demonstrating that the majority of income growth for the richest Americans in the last couple decades has stemmed from capital gains (not available to lower-income individuals) & self-awarded salary increases –

“The Effect of Unions on Wage Inequality in the United States,” Card, 2001 –

The asterisk indicates highly suspect speculation – please take with a grain of salt!

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