A word on methods, to get us back in session.

This is an abridged version of a longer piece I wrote, titled, “Feminist Economics, The Social Provisioning Process and Input-Output, Social Accounting Matrix and Social Fabric Matrix Models”. This is the first paper I wrote on returning to school to pursue my PhD in Economics here at UMKC. Heterodox methods of empirical analysis and modeling are integral to building a fully liberatory economics, since orthodox (read: neoclassical) methods and models are built on faulty presumptions of full information, heterogeneous rational actors, utility and profit maximization and optimization on the part of these rational actors, and any number of other unfulfillable assumptions. My approach is, as always, from a Marxist-feminist standpoint.

I have removed all tables and equations for reading ease. If the language seems awkward or stunted at some parts it is likely because of this removal, though I attempted to smooth over where possible. Full references, tables, and figures are available in PDF format on request.

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A little Christmas Econ for your holiday season, from my friend and mentor David Howell. Things are bad, but we can make them better. Holiday hope!

One teacher’s approach to preventing gender bullying in a classroom

I love reading stories like this. Good for you, Ms. Melissa! Trans education, and not just tolerance but ACCEPTANCE and SUPPORT can’t come early enough.


“It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel

Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. It’s time for art. The rule is no hoods or hats in school.”

She looked up with tears in her eyes and I realized there was something wrong. Her classmates went into the art room and we moved to the art storage area so her classmates wouldn’t hear our conversation. I softened my tone and asked her if she’d like to tell me what was wrong.

“My ponytail,” she cried.

“Can I see?” I asked.

She nodded and pulled down her hood. Allie’s braids had come undone overnight and there hadn’t been time to redo them in the morning, so they had to be put back in a ponytail. It was high up on the back of her head like those of many girls in our class, but I could see that to Allie it just felt wrong. With Allie’s permission, I took the elastic out and re-braided her hair so it could hang down.

“How’s that?” I asked.

She smiled. “Good,” she said and skipped off to join her friends in art.

‘Why Do You Look Like a Boy?’

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Education and the 1%/the 99%

Sometimes I browse Mankiw’s blog, mostly just to rile myself up. Like, for example, this ridiculous little tidbit from a few days ago: “The case for graduate school:

Apart from their bank accounts, Gallup finds education to be the greatest difference between the wealthiest 1% of Americans and everyone else. The Gallup analysis reveals that 72% of the wealthiest Americans have a college degree, compared with 31% of those in the lower 99 percentiles. Furthermore, nearly half of those in the wealthiest group have postgraduate education, versus 16% of all others.”


Come on, Greg. You are an ACTUAL ECONOMIST. You can’t possibily believe that totally spurious causation. I understand the value of looking at pure data to understand greater trends (Kliman, for example, is all about that, and I respect him), but this is ridiculous. Try controlling for the economic backgrounds, education and/or race of the 1%’s parents first, then get back to me.
This paper by Thomas Kane from UCLA, while not exactly what I was looking for, references a number of papers constructed along those lines, including some very famous studies. http://www.russellsage.org/sites/all/files/u4/Kane.pdf

Presented without discussion.

This isn’t some kind of metaphor

Goddamn, this is real!

"What it boils down to is that I’ve maintained a scrupulous cultural ignorance since about 1985 when I realized that what’s going on out there in the regular world means nothing to me." -Steve Abini http://gothamist.com/2011/09/28/steve_albini.php

Oh, Steve, you grumpy fuck. I love you so much.

I’m still so excited about this. Every time I think about it I get a little giddy and light headed. Some cultural traditions don’t deserve to be preserved—this was one. To all the Ferdinands, enjoy your cork trees!

From the Wall Street Occupation, taken last week.

From the Wall Street Occupation, taken last week.

And this picture.

And this picture.

This song.