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Inequality and Technological Change: The Skill Complementarity of Broadband Internet

A very interesting paper from Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder, Magne Mogstad: Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change skill biased or factor neutral? We exploit rich Norwegian data with firm-level information on … Continue reading

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America risks becoming a Downton Abbey Economy

From Larry Summers: Inequality has emerged as a major issue in the US and beyond. A generation ago it could reasonably have been asserted that the overall growth rate of the economy was the main influence on the growth in … Continue reading

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Op-ed: Do Not Abolish the Corporate Tax

Here’s my op-ed in Wonkblog with Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato on cutting corporate taxes: “In recent decades, American workers have suffered one body blow after another.” Sowrites economist Laurence Kotlikoff, who has just the policy prescription to help those ailing workers: abolishing the corporate … Continue reading

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: The Safety Net, Living Arrangements, and Poverty in the Great Recession

From Marianne Bitler and Hilary Hoynes: Much attention has been given to the large increase in safety net spending, particularly in Unemployment Insurance and Food Stamps, during the Great Recession. In this paper we examine the relationship between poverty, the social and … Continue reading

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Long-Term Unemployment and the Great Recession: The Role of Composition, Duration Dependence, and Non-Participation

From Kory Kroft, Fabian Lange, Larry Katz, and Matt Notowidigdo: We explore the extent to which composition, duration dependence, and non-participation can account for the sharp increase in long-term unemployment (LTU) during the Great Recession. We first show that compositional shifts in … Continue reading

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The Declining U.S. Labor Share

See here for more info from this paper by Bart Hobijn and Aysegul Sahin.

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Amerisclerosis? The Puzzle of Rising U.S. Unemployment Persistence

From Olivier Coibion, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Dmitri Koustas: The persistence of U.S. unemployment has risen with each of the last three recessions, raising the specter that future U.S. recessions might look more like the Eurosclerosis experience of the 1980s than traditional V-shaped … Continue reading

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How Changing Government Spending Affects Inequality

Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato, a friend and co-author of mine, has an interesting brief on government spending, inequality, and policy design. He analyzes “how differential valuations for government services between rich and poor lead to important implications for the link between … Continue reading

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The Rise of Gross Operating Surplus in Manufacturing since 1960

Gross operating surplus, which is roughly value added less labor compensation, input costs, and production taxes, has increased substantially in the manufacturing sector since 1980. Gross operating surplus includes consumption of fixed capital (CFC), proprietors’ income, and corporate profits. Note that this measure is … Continue reading

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