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CPS Uninsured Data: Census Change Sparks Obamacare Conspiracy Theories

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7 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
Obamacare critics are furious and even some of the law's supporters are dumbfounded about some news

Welcome to Vox: a work in progress

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45 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
We are very excited to be launching a website today, but we are even more excited about the improvements we'll be making to the site in the weeks and months to come.

Economy Added 189,000 Jobs According to Alternative Seasonal Adjustments

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6 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
Jonathan Wright's alternative approach to seasonal adjustment of Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs data found that the economy added 189,000 jobs in March 2014.

Is There a Wonk Bubble?

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Call it the Wonk Bubble. If you’re in the market for serious, empirical, quantitative analysis of national policy—or of just about anything else in the news these days—the East Coast Media Elite has you covered like never before. The Washington Post has Wonkblog, and its Facebook-optimized cousin Know ...

Catherine Rampell: ‘Marriage penalty’ takes a bite out of working families

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13 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
Uncle Sam takes a bite out of lower-income families with young children.

How to Lie With Data Visualization

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Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at 3 of the most common ways in which visualizations can ...

The problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition

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The most interesting and provocative thing to be written of late about financial innovation in general, and high-frequency trading in particular, comes from Joe Stiglitz.

Chairman Ryan’s Response to the Center’s Analysis Doesn’t Hold Water

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan took exception to our finding that 69 percent of the non-defense spending cuts in his new budget come from programs for people with low and moderate incomes.But he makes no attempt to refute our calculations, and his response both defies logic and

How I Tested My Efficient Traffic Hypothesis

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Can humans beat the traffic? After brooding on this topic for longer than I care to admit, I developed a theory.

How Factories Explain the Pay Gap

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Women are losing the gains they've made in male-dominated industries.

Why Economics Is Really Called 'the Dismal Science'

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12 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
The (not-so-dismal) origin myth of a ubiquitous term.

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

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16 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved--a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures--has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's ...

TurboTax maker's sleazy PR campaign: Intuit doesn't want the IRS to make tax filing simple.

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Theoretically, it should be far easier for Americans with simple finances to file their tax returns. Instead of making tax filers putz around W-2s and tax prep software, the IRS could electronically prepopulate their paperwork with the information it already receives from banks and employers, and tell filers ...

CHART: Money isn’t the only way the rich dominate politics

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47 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
This chart explains a lot about American politics.

Thomas Piketty Speech: The Economics Sensation Visits New York

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French economist Thomas Piketty drew Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and hundreds of eager fans when he appeared in New York City last night. It's because he has found the most compelling explanation yet for inequality.

Handicapping the John Bates Clark Medal

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It’s that time of year again when speculation mounts over what promising young U.S. economist will run off with the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal.

Jobs preview: Pay less attention to the sausage, and more to how it’s made

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10 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
Why seasonal adjustment matters.

Who's opposed to free tax help?

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6 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
NOT MANY people know it, but the state Franchise Tax Board has, over the last several years, offered to complete tax forms for some Californians with simple returns, and to do it for free. This idea...

Why Do We Watch Sports?

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Why do we watch sports? It's a simple question with a complicated answer. Sports are a huge entertainment business – the NFL alone generates at least $7 billion a year in television revenue– so it’s easy to lose sight of their essential absurdity. In essence, we are watching freakishly large humans in tight polyester outfits play with balls. They try to get these balls into cups, goals, baskets and end zones. It's a bizarre thing to get emotional about.There's no shortage of social science that tries to pin down the ...

Advice for new Assistant Professors

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It’s a bit early for me to be giving advice (I’m only on the cusp of non-Assistant status), but I found myself asked for advice the other night by a table full of newly minted PhDs on to their first … Continue reading →

The Census Bureau and Obamacare: Dumb decision? Yes. Conspiracy? No.

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One of the most important goals of Obamacare is to increase the number of people with health insurance coverage. Has it worked? As we all know, the White House reported that over seven million Amer...

TurboTax Maker Funnels Millions To Lobby Against Easier Tax Returns

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24 mentions1 day ago 1 day ago
In the most technologically advanced countries, filing a tax return is free, easy and fast: Instead of taxpayers painstakingly calculating figures..

Your taxes are really low, in one chart

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15 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
Taxed enough already? Hardly.

Review Professors and Teachers, School Reviews, College Campus Ratings

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Over 1.5 million professors & 13 million opinions. Rate My Professors is the best professor ratings source based on student feedback. Find & rate a professor!

REPORT: Weekday Evening Cable News Silences Women On The Economy

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One in five beers sold in America is a Bud Light

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9 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
Look upon your taste in beer, America, and despair.

Economists aren’t all bad

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‘Some research on students suggests economics either attracts or creates sociopaths’ Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently bemoaned the way that “we are all reduced to being Homo fin...