Care Talk

Basic Incomes for Whom?

14 January 2020

Whatever you think about Andy Yang, you gotta love his slogan: Make America Think Again, acronymized as MATH. Yang has helped publicize the concept of a universal basic income, or UBI, and that concept itself is encouraging America to think harder about social policy.

Beyond the Margins 1.0

14 January 2020

With a hat tip to one of the first feminist economics conferences, (“Out of the Margin” in 1993), I’m inaugurating a mini-series on miscellaneous outrages, Beyond the Margins.

Daedalus and the Patriarchal Labyrinth

13 January 2020

The Winter 2020 issue of Daedalus on “Women and Equality”

Up on Down Girl

26 December 2019

On Kate Manne’s book, “Down Girl”.

Populist Prism, Patriarchal Facet

26 December 2019

Populism relies on a complex coalition based on gender, race, and citizenship, as well as class. No one has explained its racist facet in the U.S. better than Ta-Nehisi Coates. Its other facets also deserve serious attention.

What IS the Economy, Stupid

17 December 2019

A lean, bald-pated, drawling political strategist from Louisiana named James Carville helped Bill Clinton win an election in 1992 by reminding campaign staff of the importance of “the economy, stupid.”

Pinko Economics

13 December 2019

Globally, most center-right parties are labeled blue, but in the U.S. today, Republicans are red, and Democrats are blue. Why? Because the major television networks decided around 2000 to standardize their visuals that way on election night.

Quantifying Care

13 December 2019

17th International Experts Meeting on Time Use and XX International Meeting on Gender Statistics, September 10-13, 2019, in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Revaluation not Devaluation

11 August 2019

I invoke a billionaire investor to call your attention to a particularly important divergence between value and price–the low wages of care.

The Lazy Father Saga

19 June 2019

The lazy father is enshrined in popular culture. Google up the term and there he is: Homer Simpson snoring on the couch. Unfair caricature, especially on Fathers’ Day!

Cut Child Poverty by Half

8 March 2019

The United Kingdom did it between 1999 and 2008. The Canadian government implemented a plan to do it in 2016. The U.S. almost did it between 1967 and 2016: cut the incidence of child poverty by half.

The Childcare Conundrum

7 March 2019

The Warren proposal gets good marks from most progressive policy wonks. It seems edgy but possible. If implemented, would almost certainly have positive effects. So what’s not to like?