Friday Special 82

US ancestor statistics and more on Visualizing Economics

by mendoza | Friday, November 28, 2008
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National Income accounting at times of war

The crucial question: does war spending purchase a final good and hence belong in GNP, or an intermediate good and hence not belong?

If you find this sentence even remotely interesting, click through and you won't be disappointed. Here's the abstract, complete with Von Mises quote:

Relying on standard measures of macroeconomic performance, historians and economists believe that “war prosperity” prevailed in the United States during World War II. This belief is ill-founded, because it does not recognize that the United States had a command economy during the war. From 1942 to 1946 some macroeconomic performance measures are statistically inaccurate; others are conceptually inappropriate. A better grounded interpretation is that during the war the economy was a huge arsenal in which the well-being of consumers deteriorated. After the war genuine prosperity returned for the first time since 1929. “War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings.” —Ludwig von Mises

And here's another interesting paragraph (more planes than tanks?):

From mid-1940 to mid-1945 munitions makers produced 86,338 tanks; 297,000 airplanes; 17,400,000 rifles, carbines, and sidearms; 315,000 pieces of field artillery and mortars; 4,200,000 tons of artillery shells; 41,400,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition; 64,500 landing vessels; 6,500 other navy ships; 5,400 cargo ships and transports; and vast amounts of other munitions. Despite countless administrative mistakes, frustrations, and turf battles, the command economy worked. But, as always, a command economy can be said to work only in the sense that it turns out what the authorities demand.

Tax incidence is a bitch, or labour is not a homogeneous factor of production

Model highly paid workers (CEO-types, bonus-driven investment bankers, highly skilled professionals, etc) as a different factor of production to not-so-highly paid workers (e.g. manual labour, inexperienced workers, etc).

In light of this information, discuss the following statement:

If we raise taxes on the highest paid workers, wages will adjust so that some of the burden falls on lower paid workers (as well as consumers, capital, etc, etc.)

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Friday Special 81

Beautiful Birdseye Pictures of London by Night

Volunteer abroad and gain a broader view of the world

by mendoza | Friday, November 21, 2008
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Friday Special 80

Ferrari V4 motorcycle concept

More creative concept car designs

Job voyager visualizing employment distribution over the past century (fancy flash search)

by mendoza | Friday, November 14, 2008
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Friday Special 79

More color pictures from the Great Depression

The ultimate who-owns-who in the motor industry

by mendoza | Friday, November 07, 2008
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The job

A humorous short film about career prospects in finance.

by datacharmer | Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Final results: Obama elected President of the United States

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