Archives: January 2006

A Good Word for Greenspan

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 30, Categories: The Fed

I write an appreciation of Alan Greenspan in my BW Online column this week. The piece starts off: I'm sorry to see Alan Greenspan go this week. Despite his age...

The Alabama Surprise

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 26, Categories: Regional

Out of the six states with record low unemployment rates in the previous post, the most surprising (to my mind) was Alabama (okay, so shoot me as a parochial northerner)....

Brad DeLong and Economic Journalism

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 26, Categories: Journalism

I'm following Brad DeLong's analysis of economic journalism with great interest. I'm going to write a longer piece soon, but for now suffice to say that I both agree and...

Six States in Search of A Theme

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 26, Categories: Employment

What do Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico have in common? Answer down below:...

The Real News about Dependency Ratios

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 25, Categories: Demographics

Following up on a suggestion, here's a comparison of the old-age dependency ratio for the five major global players (defined as the number of elderly per 100 working age population)....

Is Europe Slipping Behind?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 24, Categories: Growth

Carl Bildt, the former prime minister of Sweden, has his own blog at http://bildt.blogspot.com/. He writes on European technological progress: Although rarely reflected in the main media, there is a...

Now I Understand...

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 24, Categories: Growth

In the science section of today's New York Times, there's an article which informs us that there are flares of activity in the brain's pleasure centers when unwelcome information is...

The U.S. is getting (relatively) younger

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 24, Categories: Demographics

I put together these two nice charts before I saw Brandon's comment about how the median age is irrelevant :). Nevertheless, I think it's interesting that the U.S. is aging...

Where have I been?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 23, Categories: Growth

I apologize for the lack of entries here--I've been working on a big story that has taken all of my attention. I've been reading the comments though--so if there are...

Does IT Matter?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 17, Categories: Organizations

From Peter Coy: Nearly three years ago, in May 2003, business writer Nicholas G. Carr wrote a provocative article in the Harvard Business Review called “IT Doesn’t Matter.” His argument...

A Double-Bounce on Health Insurance

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 10, Categories: Health

I'm looking at this statement from Arnold Kling (whom I always find to be an interesting read). (I got to the statement via here and Tyler Cowen here) Kling writes:...

Hiring the Right People

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 09, Categories: Labor Market

Just landed on my desk: A copy of a new book called The Pentium Chronicles: The People, Passion, and Politics Behind Intel's Landmark Chips, by Robert Colwell, who was the...

Update on tech wages

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 06, Categories: Labor Market

The government came out with its latest labor market numbers this morning. Since I seem to be the only economics writer who actually cares about the tech sector, I decided...

Bad Forecasts

Posted by: Michael Mandel on January 03, Categories: Macro

Floyd Norris has a piece in the NYT today pointing how consensus economic forecasts are often wrong (I have a similar piece here). Norris writes But lately Wall Street's consensus...

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