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July 29, 2013 10:13 AM Do Solar Power Subsidies Mainly Benefit Rich People?

The NY Times tells a story about a “green death spiral” for the subset of electric utilities who pay solar households retail rates per unit of power the solar households sell back to the grid. The utilities are concerned that...

By Matthew Kahn

July 29, 2013 9:53 AM Inequality of Opportunity Begins at Birth

Equality of opportunity means that we are not a caste society. Who we will become is not fixed by the circumstances of our births. Some children will do better than others, but this should result from a fair competition. Nearly...

By Bill Gardner

July 14, 2013 11:57 PM “Meritocracy” Is Not What You Think

This has come up before and before, but I think it’s worth explaining again.In the context of a dispute with transit unions, public relations person Sarah Lacy writes: People in the tech industry feel like life is a meritocracy. You...

By Andrew Gelman

May 31, 2013 3:34 PM How Poor Are We?

American progressives have long been concerned about the growing wealth gap in the United States; the country’s resources are increasingly controlled by a small group of people. But what about the rest of us? Conservative economists argue that a few...

By Daniel Luzer

May 03, 2013 10:00 AM Culture Clash: Guns

So this happened earlier in the week: I had no idea this sort of thing even existed: I’m reminded of our discussion of Charles Murray’s recent book on social divisions among Americans. Murray talked about differences between upper and lower...

By Andrew Gelman