"Occupations and Their Ideologies"

"What are the underlying variables that explain how occupations sort into these three baskets? Just speculating, the left-wing occupations seem to be mostly about socialperformance and they garner high status. The right-wing occupations are mostly about mundane things and garner zero or negative status."

In other words people who would find it costly to indulge in liberal fantasies mostly don't.


"Inaccurate reporting on social inequality makes matters worse"

Co-authored by James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate in economics

We live at a time when trust in the media to report the facts honestly is at an all-time low.

Extreme political polarization, and its influence on our daily lives, makes it more important than ever for media outlets to report accurately, especially when covering important and contentious issues, such as race and the state of social mobility in America.

The same note of caution should be employed for academic researchers and their influence on both the media and policy community’s commentary.


"Don't Panic: A Guide to Claims of Increasing Concentration"

It's about time somebody wrote this. By Greg Werden and Luke Froeb. Abstract:

The Obama Administration’s Council of Economic Advisers expressed concern that competition was threatened by increasing industry concentration. Academics, commentators, and journalists have joined the chorus. But none demonstrated increasing concentration of meaningful markets, as are used in antitrust to assess the impact of mergers and trade restraints. The claims of increasing concentration are based on data that are far too aggregated. Market concentration can remain the same or decline despite increasing concentration for broad aggregates. Mergers have not increased concentration in airline and banking markets. Moreover, where market concentration has increased, that does not demonstrate a failure of antitrust law or its enforcement; market concentration naturally increases when the most innovative and efficient firms grow.


"Book Review: American Dunkirk"

It's amazing what people can do even in the absence of guidance from our all-knowing federal government.

Did you know that between 300,000 and 500,000 people left Lower Manhattan Island by boat on September 11, 2001? The boat-lift was spontaneous, self-organized for the most part, and has been relatively unsung. The Coast Guard eventually acted as sort-of-coordinator, but had little or nothing to do with the efforts at first.


"Portland: More than just a place to stop and smell the roses!"

Ouch.

But there's a solution if "Skorpion" is correct:

Around 2005 or so, San Francisco became too expensive for the professional agitators, street loonies, and lower-income trustafarians. Ever since then, they’ve been migrating to the City of Roses.

So City of Roses residents, just raise your price level and the folks who won't eat their Khao Man Gai quietly will migrate to the next town. How to do that? Well, raising taxes a whole bunch would be a start and it would have the side benefit of generating a big pot of cash to use for graft and other fun things. What's not to like?