Do the work – thoughts on the American Economic Association meetings

It’s the look. You’re walking through the crowds at the American Economic Association meetings.  When you pass someone they look at your bellybutton. Huh?  Oh, right: That’s where your official nametag hangs on your official lanyard, and the person you went by is checking to see if you are someone. You catch the disappointment in their eyes when they read your tag. I want to stop and tell them, … [Read more...]

A New Year’s Resolution: What the hell’s tenure for?

Lyndon Johnson addressing a joint session of Congress, November 27, 1963 (source) Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a true masterpiece of biography.  I’ve recently been mulling one of my favorite passages from his latest volume, The Passage of Power.  Here is the scene: President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and Lyndon Johnson is now president. On the … [Read more...]

What does the election mean for the economy?

Last Wednesday, Liz Fedor and I discussed the implications of Donald Trump's victory on the economy and economic policy at an Econ in English event at CSB|SJU.  It will be broadcast today at noon and 9 pm on Minnesota Public Radio. If you have more questions, send a note and I'll try to address them here. … [Read more...]