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What Ancient Houses Tell Us About McMansions and Inequality

Archaeological ruins in the outline of a house, with trees and mountains in the background

A larger house in El Palmillo, a site in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo: Linda Nicholas. It’s not hard to tell rich neighborhoods from poor neighborhoods. Wealthy parts of town generally have nicer cars, clean, well-groomed lawns, and, most strikingly, giant sprawling mansions. It’s nothing new: across cultures, wealth and power have been tied to large homes for thousands of years.

A group of scientists, including Field Museum anthropology curator Gary Feinman, recently explored the link between house sizes and inequality. Based on a sample of more than 60 cases, they discovered that on the whole, patterns of inequality in Eurasia over […]

Meetup, It’s the growing wealth inequality, duh

What each country leads in. http://thedoghousediaries.com/5414

What each country leads in. http://thedoghousediaries.com/5414 Though our deaths by lawn mower lead is probably safe, the United States is stagnating, lagging and falling behind in many areas. Any tenuous connection between the status of the US and racial or gender movements have been disproven by trends since the great recession. The most likely explanation for our plight is the 4 decade long giveaway to upper income brackets in the guise of supply-side or trickle-down economic policies pushed by Republicans.

All of the information herein is readily available and most of it has been widely reported. There will be a […]

Automation threatens 800 million jobs, but technology could still save us, says report


A new report predicts that by 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation. The study , compiled by the McKinsey Global Institute, says that advances in AI and robotics will have a drastic effect on everyday working lives, comparable to the shift away from agricultural societies during the Industrial Revolution. In the US alone, between 39 and 73 million jobs stand to be automated — making up around a third of the total workforce.

But, the report also states that as in the past, technology will not be a purely destructive force. New jobs […]

The drivers and impacts of migration and labour mobility in origins and destinations: Building the evidence base for policies that promote safe, orderly and regular people’s and labour mobility for poverty reduction and sustainable development

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Technical workshop Objectives

1. Understand the diverse patterns, drivers and impacts of migration and labor mobility to address challenges for achieving sustainable livelihoods transformation, food security and nutrition and poverty reduction.

2. Promote multisector policy approaches to the development of rural areas and rural-urban linkages to facilitate rural transformation and agricultural and food systems’ transitions for economies and societies at large. The workshop will bring together researchers and policy makers from around the world in an effort to provide evidence, promote understanding, enhance dialogue on migration, labor and people’s mobility for poverty reduction and sustainable development.Relevant areas […]

An innovative introductory economics course at Stanford is now free online


Econ 101, the introductory college economics course that is often held in overcrowded lecture halls packed with half-asleep freshmen, is finally getting a facelift.

At the front of the class is Raj Chetty, a 38-year-old economist who publishes some of the field’s most intriguing papers year after year. He’s used data to debunk the American Dream , challenge the Ivies as engines of social mobility, and become an authority on inequality. He’s shuttled from top university to top university, scored a MacArthur “genius” grant, and landed on Forbes’ 40 under 40 list.

Now, at Stanford, he’s rethinking how to teach economics […]

Is Technology Causing Increased Income Inequality?


In recent years, the rate of productivity growth, both in the US and in every major economy worldwide, has slowed. At the same time, and particularly in the US, we’ve seen an increase in income inequality, with the top 1 percent seeing increased income while compensation for median-wage workers has been close to flat for decades. Are these two trends related? Or are there other factors at play?

This was the subject of several presentations at a conference I attended at the Petersen Institute for International Economics .

Since I have recently heard a number of economists debate the implications of […]

Causes of gender inequality in bangladesh

Research Proposal: Cause and Effect of Gender A Model of Gender Inequality and Economic Growth This paper introduces a model of gender inequality and economic growth. Read more. Introduction . Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). Gender inequality is a result of the persistent discrimination of one group of people based upon If you ask an economist to explain the causes of poverty in Bangladesh, you are most likely to receive an overly jargonised lecture, beyond the ability of The causes of poverty in Bangladesh are tough to tackle, weak infrastructure and gender inequality that prevents women from contributing to […]

Strong tech skills can drive UK economic growth, social mobility – study

An increase in technology skills can help boost social mobility and economic growth in the UK, adding GBP 11 billion to GDP by 2022, according to a new report from BT and Accenture .

The report examines how people use technology today, as well as their current and future expectations of technology. It is based on data from 4,000 young people (aged 16-24) and 1,000 Gen Xers (aged 41-50). It shows that people with higher levels of technology knowledge could earn up to GBP 10,000 a year more than others as their careers progress.

However, the report warns that the technology […]

Inequality’s Deep Roots – The History News of the Week

Inequality’s Deep Roots – The History News of the Week

The biggest history news stories of the last seven days, including an archaeological study into inequality that has an ominous warning for the present, the revelation that what is now Madrid was once arid savanna, and a rethink on the chronology of the Neanderthals.

Inequality Started with the Rise of Agriculture

New research claims that the rise of economic inequality in human societies can be traced all the way back to the dawn of agriculture.Published in the journal Nature , the research involved academics from fourteen different institutions, and was led by Tim Kohler from Washington State University (WSU). […]

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods


America’s surging economic inequality has been blamed for everything from crony capitalism to the displacement of once good-paying jobs by globalization and new technology. But according to a major recent study, the real culprit in both the growing gap between the rich and poor can be traced to the neighborhoods in which we are born and raised.

The study, which expands on the crucial ongoing work of the Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson and included in a larger economic mobility report from the St. Louis Fed , examines the rise of neighborhood inequality and its effects on the economic mobility […]