## ODonnellWeb – Tag Economics

Maid: A book review

Posted on 10/17/2021 in misc • Tagged with Books, Economics, Politics


It’s been a while since I elevated a book review to the front page, so you know this book is special.

I finished Maid, by Stephanie Land last week. Put simply, it’s the best look at what life is really like for the working poor that you will …

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Let's Talk Economics

Posted on 05/09/2020 in misc • Tagged with Coronavirus, Economics

Like everybody else, the pandemic is "top of mind" 24 x 7 for me. I'm writing to help myself not internalize all of it. You can find other posts in the series at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/tag/coronavirus.html

On today’s walk I took a break from the …

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Where are the American bubble factories

Posted on 01/06/2019 in misc • Tagged with Economics, Music

I was out running errands with my wife today and she wanted to stop by the Dollar Store to pick up a bottle of bubbles for the preschool she runs. Swinging by the Dollar Store to buy a bottle of bubbles made me immediately think of (Whatever Happened to The …

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A Silver Lining in the Stock Market

Posted on 12/21/2018 in misc • Tagged with Economics, Politics

Unemployment is still low, and wages are creeping up. GDP is growing too. By all normal factors the stock market should not be tanking like it is.

However, these are hardly normal times.

Maybe, just maybe, this market correction is a sign that reality is starting to emerge from its …

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Do You Feel Lucky?

Posted on 03/14/2017 in misc • Tagged with Economics, Politics

Dan Baird - SoLow

A couple of weeks ago the Techdirt podcast featured a fascinating interview with Robert H Frank, Professor at Cornell and author of the recently released Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy. This is a subject I've debated a few times on various Internet forums, usually as …

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The Bloodline Feud by Charlie Stross

Posted on 03/05/2017 in misc • Tagged with Books, Economics

Economics text disguised as a fantasy epic

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Posted on 02/08/2017 in misc • Tagged with Personal, Economics, Life


I've been thinking about stuff quite a bit lately. The US economy runs on stuff. If we stopped buying so much stuff, we'd crash the economy very quickly. It's so important that President Bush suggested we all go shopping after the 9/11 attacks. Maybe that's a way to stick …

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Posted on 03/24/2015 in misc • Tagged with Business, Economics

Throughout history scarcity has been the defining characteristic of economics, and really of power and control in general. It does power the law of supply and demand, the fundamental tenant of microeconomics, after all. People with information not accessible to others, or governments or groups with access to weapons not …

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The Gospel of Consumption

Posted on 05/22/2013 in misc • Tagged with History, Issues, Economics

Our consumption driven economy was not an accident

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(Disabled) Friends with Benefits

Posted on 03/31/2013 in misc • Tagged with Issues, Politics, Economics

Disability benefits are a mess

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Teenage Wasteland

Posted on 04/30/2012 in misc • Tagged with Economics, Parenting

Kids can't get jobs in this economy

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The tragedy of the commons

Posted on 08/15/2011 in misc • Tagged with Politics, Economics

The tragedy of the commons

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The case of the vanishing middle class

Posted on 08/06/2011 in misc • Tagged with Issues, Economics

The middle class is (was?) the engine that made American roar

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