Archive for January, 2007

Cities = Green

As in environmentally friendly, to be sure. Not only are residents of dense cities far less likely to drive (and far more likely to walk), they take up less space and fewer resources (since infrastructure is easier to share in a dense environment). But cities that are able to handle density are also quite green […]

The Expansionary Minimum Wage

An important thing to consider when talking about an increase in the minimum wage is the elasticity of demand for labor–in layman’s terms, how much demand for labor falls when wages go up. Take an example: demand for gasoline, in the short term, is fairly inelastic; if gas prices shoot up, consumption will fall a […]

Hello, Good Biden

Today, Senator Joe Biden officially enters the 2008 Presidential field. Tomorrow, he’ll be withdrawing: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Which Inequality?

Contra Julian, the political power advantage of the wealthy stems principally from their ability to donate more money and fund their professional organizations better, rather than from their voting habits. I imagine Brad Plumer would agree, devoting as he does only one paragraph to the effect of wealth on voting. I’d also guess that the […]

Regulators! Mount Up.

And who, I wonder, will determine what constitutes an actual market failure? If told that there are information asymmetries involved in sales of consumer products, requiring an independent third party to ensure that certain standards of safety are met, how are Bush’s cronies likely to act? It’s not clear to me that Bush even believes in […]


Interesting story in the Post today covering a report (PDF) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on metropolitan D.C. employment patterns. There’s a lot to go through in the actual report, some of which I’ll probably harvest for my Sunday DCist post (you’re all reading it, right?). For now, just a couple of thoughts. 1) The […]

Car Culture

Expect to see more on this regrettable piece from me and other prominent DCists. It’s quite a thing to behold. I don’t pretend to be an expert on libertarianism, but to the extent that this piece accurately reflects upon that particular ideology, it strikes me as a very foolish and ill-conceived way of thinking. As […]


In the grip of a winter ennui. Taking a few days off to recuperate.