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  • Ten Tips For Doing Open Science
    by Blair Fix on June 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Originally published on Economics from the Top Down. Science is the quintessential public good. It’s an iterative process in which new knowledge builds on previous knowledge. For this process to work, science needs to be ‘open’. Both the results and methods of scientific research […]

  • Productivity Does Not Explain Wages
    by Blair Fix on June 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Originally published on Economics from the Top Down. Does productivity explain income? I asked this question in a previous post. My answer was a bombastic no. In this post, I’ll dig deeper into the reasons that productivity doesn’t explain income. I’ll focus on wages. The evidence […]

  • The Tyranny of Meritocracy
    by Blair Fix on June 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Originally published on Economics from the Top Down. Like many Canadians, I grew up with a faith in meritocracy. Do your best, I believed, and the world would reward you. In school, this idea seemed self-evidently true. I worked hard, and was rewarded with good grades and praise from teachers. And […]

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  • Bichler and Nitzan, ‘Growing through Sabotage: Energizing Hierarchical Power’
    by James McMahon on June 1, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    ABSTRACT: According to the theory of capital as power, capitalism, like any other mode of power, is born through sabotage and lives in chains – and yet everywhere we look we see it grow and expand. What explains this apparent puzzle of ‘growth in the midst of sabotage’? The […]

  • Hager and Baines: ‘The Tax Advantage of Big Business’
    by Blair Fix on February 10, 2020 at 9:10 am

    ABSTRACT Corporate concentration in the United States has been on the rise in recent years, sparking a heated debate about its causes, consequences, and potential remedies. In this study, we examine a facet of public policy that has been largely neglected in current debates about concentration: […]

  • Bichler and Nitzan, 'Making America Great Again'
    by Blair Fix on December 11, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    ABSTRACT Trump has promised to Make America Great Again. As a self-proclaimed expert on everything of import, he knows exactly how to increase domestic investment and consumption, boost exports, reduce the country’s trade deficit, expand employment and bolster wages. And as America’s […]

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  • Research • Still in the Danger Zone
    by Jonathan Nitzan on January 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Statistics: Posted by Jonathan Nitzan — Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:58 pm

  • Political Economy • Re: Monthly Review cites Fix
    by uma on January 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    A summary of Kolakowski's critique of Marxism can be found in his article , in: First Things, Oct. 2002.You will note that he holds up the distinction of politics and economics and generally argues from a conservative point of view. But this does not invalidate his criticism of Marxism.Statistics: Posted by uma — Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:30 am

  • Political Economy • Re: Monthly Review cites Fix
    by uma on January 8, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Having read the three volumes now, I can very much recommend Kolakowski, Main Currents of Marxism. Apart from its stylistic excellence as the author "distills thought until he can state it in broad terms and accessible language and with almost no qualifiers" (to quote Daniel) this is your one-stop reading about all of Marxism from "The Founders" […]

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