Economics Archives

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or furiously catching up on “Boardwalk Empire,” you’ve probably heard about the bombshell video that MoJo released from a Mitt Romney fundraiser earlier in the campaign. In it, the Republican presidential hopeful tells a crowd that nearly half the nation is not pulling its fiscal weight and is Read More

Jane Black wrote a piece recently for the Atlantic discussing the price of eggs at her local farmers market (emphasis mine): My first instinct was that the egg guy was gouging people, like me, who have enthusiastically embraced efforts to build an alternative to our industrial food system. But it turns out that’s what it Read More

A foundational belief at the Harlem Children’s Zone is that erasing the achievement gap between black and white kids requires a comprehensive, resource-intensive approach. The idea is that middle-class white kids don’t just have better schools, but the kind of home lives that lend themselves to better school performance. HCZ is essentially trying to fill in Read More

Postbourgie’s own Shani Hilton has a much-discussed cover story in the Washington City Paper about being a black gentrifier. Freddie at L’Hote has some criticism: This is a several-thousand word article on the relationship between race and socioeconomic class, and about the tensions between old and new residents and poor and rich residents of a city Read More

In a dozen states, felons leave prison saddled with thousands of dollars in debt from child-support payments that continued to accrue while they were behind bars, and that they’ll likely never be able to pay.

Haiti is struggling to rebuild after last year’s catastrophic earthquake and trying to resolve its national elections, but it was thrown another curveball late this weekend: the return of its corrupt and brutal former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. No one seems to know why he’s back — he says he’s there “for the reconstruction Read More

A recent (well, maybe not in internet years) episode of Planet Money returned to Haiti, where they’ve been doing a lot of reporting on the economics of the country post-earthquake and investigating how much NGOs are hurting or helping the recovery there. In a previous podcast, they had visited a rural school that could barely Read More

What’s good, everyone? Sorry for the late roundup. I’m subbing for blackink, who just upped and moved to the A and is still getting settled in. Some stuff to turn over as you go about your day… It’s kind of a moot point now, but this chart, via Ezra Klein, shows how much folks would Read More