A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Rather than identifying pockets of poverty, recent income mobility research suggests policy makers focus on opportunity areas.

Deciding Who Is Middle Class and Who Is Rich

According to President Trump and most other politicians, tax reform will be “a middle class bill.” However, ask people what they mean by the middle class and it becomes a mystery. In one Congressional Research Service report, they even say…

A New Kind of College Report Card

Barely recognized by U.S. News ranking, colleges where graduates achieve income mobility prove that the American Dream remains a viable goal.

Weekly Roundup: From Slow Mommy Tracks to Fast Wall Street Traders

Our weekly economics news summary included the yuan and foreign exchange, Google and branding, parental leave and incentives, and choosing your own price.

How to Find More of the American Dream

Recognizing that neighborhoods with better schools and other shared characteristics affect income mobility, anti-poverty policy can become more effective.

Weekly Roundup: From Baseball Contracts to Super Bowl Ads

Our week’s everyday economics include inflation, supply and demand, income mobility, property rights, incentives, default, CDS, and monopoly pricing.

Income Mobility: Location Matters

Reading about US income mobility, I recalled what fractal mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot said about the British coastline. While from a distance it will appear straight, the closer you look, the more you see its indents and zigzags. Consequently, Dr. Mandelbrot believed…

Baseball Salaries and Taxes

There is a connection between baseball and President Obama’s budget proposals. Let’s start with USA Today’s baseball salary database. For 2011, at $32 million, NY Yankees’ 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez earns the most; #2 is LA Angels’ outfielder Vernon Wells…