Blog Profile / Greg Mankiw's Blog

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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What do Larry Summers, Doug Elmendorf, and Greg Mankiw have in common?

Only one of us won a John Bates Clark Medal. Only one of us became Director of the Congressional Budget Office. Only one of us wrote a best-selling textbook. But all three of us were ec 10 section leaders early in our careers. Being an ec 10 section leader is one of the best teaching jobs at Harvard. Show More Summary

My Spring Break Reading

This week is spring break at Harvard, so I have time to catch up on some pleasure reading. First up is a recent recommendation by a blog reader: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Show More Summary

Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge

If you teach high school economics, you will most definitely want to click here to learn about a great opportunity for your students.

An Open Letter

March 5, 2015 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitchell McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader House...Show More Summary

The Lee-Rubio Tax Reform

Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio announced a bold and attractive tax plan today. I especially appreciate their desire to eliminate the current tax code's bias for debt over equity finance.

No Way to Avoid It

In my column on dynamic scoring, I wrote: [A]ccurate dynamic scoring requires more information than congressional proposals typically provide. For example, if a member of Congress proposes a tax cut, a key issue in estimating its effect is how future Congresses will respond to the reduced revenue. Show More Summary

On Dynamic Scoring

Click here to read my column in Sunday's New York Times.

Sentence of the Day

"genetic differences explained roughly 33% of the variations in individual savings rates."Read more here.

What matters more--the productivity slowdown or the inequality increase?

The Economic Report of the President was released today. A friend draws my attention to Table 1-3 on page 34, which presents several historical counterfactuals. It finds: 1. If productivity growth had not slowed after 1973, the median household would have $30,000 of additional income today.2. Show More Summary

Nobel Prize for Sale

I don't know the story behind this, but apparently a Kuznets heir is selling his Nobel Prize.

Good News

The Crimson reports on the good judgment of Harvard students:

Defending Pete Carroll

Justin Wolfers says that, by the logic of game theory, the losing Superbowl coach does not deserve all the opprobrium he has been getting. I have been thinking the same thing.

Econ Conference for Undergrads

If you are an undergraduate, this conference may be of interest.

Competition and Cooperation

A nice essay by Tim Taylor, very appropriate for introductory students.

The Rise of the Inequality Debate

Professor Lars Syll thinks I made of fool of myself in a previous post when I wondered why we have only recently started discussing income inequality so extensively, even though the increase in inequality occurred mainly between 1980 and 2000. Show More Summary

Economic Theory Summer Camp

Grad students with an interest in economic theory should click here.

History of Economics Summer Camp

Grad students with an interest in the history of economic thought should click here.

Ec 10 Guest Lectures

Above are the seven guest lecturers for ec 10 this spring. How many do you recognize? A first-class econonerd would recognize them all.

Price Theory Summer Camp

This seems like a great opportunity for econ grad students.

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