Archive for October 15th, 2009

Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Political Economy »

Since the early 1980s, I have been lecturing on the growth of government to a wide variety of audiences. In academic seminars and workshops, professors typically ask questions about my explanatory framework, my evidence, alternative explanations, possible counterexamples, and so forth. But when I speak to a friendly lay audience, the first question is…
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Will Layoffs be based on Diversity? »

In recent weeks, the USA Today and National Public Radio have crowed that this recession is different: most of those losing jobs were men (and predominantly white). This is “encouraging” according to these news outlets. Why is it good? Because a majority of the workforce is now made up of women; and blacks have…
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