Counting destiny

Yesterday was a small story that comes out annually on the state of enrollment in the Pittsburgh School District.  PG: City Schools Enrollment Drop Less Than Expected. The story focuses on just a couple numbers being reported by the school district, but it is of course a story based on a whole lot of . . . → Read More: Counting destiny

Daily Ranking: Comeback Migration

Forbes looks into population migration trends with some neat graphics: Ten American Comeback Cities. The data for Allegheny County seems to be popping out for them.

We’ve been parsing the IRS migration long time..  I have some reports back to the 1980’s, but with the data becoming more accessible you see more and more . . . → Read More: Daily Ranking: Comeback Migration

A Tale of Two Markets

When I say writing matters, it’s no joke.  I still am trying to figure how these two headlines represent reporting on the same exact new data:

Trib:  Western Pennsylvania home sales plummet during May

PG: House Sales in Region Rise in May

Good thing everyone reads more than the headlines.

Ignore the meta for . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Markets

Paradoxes Now, Paradoxes Then

For me the most intersting thing about the latest news on the real estate front is that there just isn’t anyway anyone could find to spin this as less than positive news.  As news on the real estate front nationally continues to be described as anemic at best, locally real estate prices have gone . . . → Read More: Paradoxes Now, Paradoxes Then

Public Pension Crisis in OECD Countries

The central aim of my bachelor’s thesis is to demonstrate the unsustainability of public pension system in OECD countries in the longer run through the lens of a rigorous theoretical and empirical analysis.

The origins of contemporary public pension schemes date back to 19th century when Bismarck Germany in 1881 first adopted a universal . . . → Read More: Public Pension Crisis in OECD Countries

Support for Free Markets and Globalisation in India

On 5 October 2007, I had written a blog post Does urban India favour liberal economics?, where I had used survey data released by the Pew Institute, which measures attitudes of roughly 45,000 people worldwide with roughly 2,000 in India. Their sampling mechanism has an urban bias.

Today, I saw current information, and cross-country . . . → Read More: Support for Free Markets and Globalisation in India

The Remarkable Century and the Future

I recently came to a rather obvious, yet remarkable insight. The 20th century was a truly unique and remarkable moment in human history. There is not a single aspect of human civilization that changed less during the 20th than in any of the centuries that came before. Population, economic output, life expectancies, oil consumption, . . . → Read More: The Remarkable Century and the Future

The System of the World (Part I)

What is the System of the World? One social scientist defines it as follows:

“…a social system, one that has boundaries, structures, member groups, rules of legitimation, and coherence. Its life is made up of the conflicting forces which hold it together by tension and tear it apart as each group seeks . . . → Read More: The System of the World (Part I)