Demographics

AEI Debate on “The Upside of Inequality”

I summarize my Top 10 NYT bestselling book, The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class for the American Enterprise Institute with Steven Roberts.  The book argues that today's knowledge-based economy is constrained by ... [Read More]

New York Times

A Proposal For Accelerating Middle Class Incomes

New York Times by Edward Conard September 19, 2016 When manufacturing jobs are outsourced, economists believe that opportunistic entrepreneurs will race to employ displaced workers and competition will raise their productivity and wages. But ... [Read More]

Wage Growth Stronger Than It Appears

Wage growth is 3.5 to 4% per year—on par with prerecession wage growth—according to the San Fran Fed. Median wage growth is pushed down when baby boomers with higher-than-median wages retire and workers with lower-than-median wages are hired. Wage ... [Read More]

More evidence that incentives drive work effort.

More Evidence that Incentives Drive Work Effort

Harvard’s Raj Chetty et al just released a new study on the effects of childhood environment on adult employment showing low workforce participation rates for adults who were raised as poor children—even lower for men than women. My first thought ... [Read More]

Edward Conard Debate Highlights

Edward Conard published The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class in September 2016. The book debuted at #8 on the New York Times top ten non-fiction list and reached #1 on the New York Times business book ... [Read More]