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The Oregon Economics Blog

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Located in Corvallis

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Who says economists are not intriguing?  Apparently they are according to The Oregonian, which is running a poll and the quarterfinal match up is Monica Wehby versus local economist 

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From The Economist:

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Sitting here in my office at the World Bank, I came across two little tidbits as I did my quick morning scan of the news and economics articles on the internets. First, there is this Oregonian article

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 Fred Thompson carries the water this week as I am in Washington, DC giving a talk and working at the World Bank.  

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Oregon's February unemploym

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Here is a graphic of inbound and outbound

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This is an interesting (albeit a bit sm

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A new study

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Like many which very little knowledge of the region, I have found the crisis in Ukraine confusing.  The 'economics' angle has focus on natural gas and the benefit of the military sea port in Sevastopol.  But, as an economist, this does not tell mew that much.  Yes, contestable resources are important, but mod

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It is slow but it is steady

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Fred Thompson checks in again with a two-part post on the minimum wage.  Part II will post tomorrow.THE CBO REPORT AND THE MINIMUM WAGE I

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From the

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Oy.  This is a puzzle to me, but perhaps not to public health folks out there who can shed light: Oregon is really bad in vaccination rates for kids as shown in this graphic by Mother Jones:

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Once again, Fred Thompson makes a timely contribution to the blog:

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OSU Closed today, luckily I was only a few blocks f

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An interesting proposal to study the idea of making community college free to all Oregon students is making its way through the legislature.  This is just to study the idea but a few caveats come immediately to mind.

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There are two kinds of tax buffs: monomaniacs and standpatters. The monomaniacs want to replace existing taxes with some theoretically superior, often untried alternative: land taxes, consumption taxes, or increasingly these days, wealth taxes. The standpatters generally believe that existing taxes, whatever they are,

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The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective (yes, there is such a thing) has done an interesting little analysis of sports salaries and finds that the MLS is actually mid pack in terms of one measure of income inequality: the Gini coefficient.

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A little voice in my head says 'go for the low hanging fruit' in an attempt to breathe life in to my moribund blog.  So here it is, my pithy take on yesterday's jobs report from the State of Oregon. Like the national picture, the unemployment r

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You know things are bad with your blog when you mother asks you if everything is okay because you haven't posted in over a month.  Yes mom, I am fine but crazy busy.  The title of the post is but one reason why.  My apologies to my legion many handful

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Oregon's unemployment

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From the Economist:

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Fred Thompson checks in again:Recently, two very able young legislators, Sen. Mark Hass and

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Yes, a very good jobs report and, yes, still some way to go.  The US Unemployment rate dropped to 7% on the back of 203,000 new jobs created.  There is not much to dislike about this report, only hope that we can finally sustain the momentum.

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