Democracy depends on numbers. This was recognized from the founding of the American republic. The US Constitution defined terms for periodic elections and for the reapportionment of representatives among the states as their populations grew.
Zach GriffenTed Porter on the census, COVID-19, and counting votes.
Research on economization processes is increasingly taking seriously the social and material processes through which various policy domains are transformed into economic problems and solutions. This article engages “Value Added Modeling” (VAM) in...
Zach GriffenMy Theory and Society paper with Aaron Panofsky, "Ambivalent Economizations: The Case of Value Added Modeling in Teacher Evaluation," is now available online
Bad faith is the condition of the modern internet.
Zach Griffen“Look: A professional Twitter troll is president. Trolling won. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that despite their centrality, online platforms aren’t suited to the earnest exchange of big ideas.”
The following is a guest post by Zach Griffen. A specter is haunting the U.S. education system—the specter of not being able to carry out the routine administration of standardized tests. While wri…
Zach GriffenImportant to note that the UC system is likely not "getting rid of standardized tests." Other options are being considered, including a proprietary UC test and an existing CA state test. I wrote about this and other standardized testing stuff last week
Amazon.com: The Crisis of Expertise (9780745665788): Gil Eyal: Books
Zach GriffenGil Eyal's new book, The Crisis of Expertise, is out today. Gil's mentoring and influence has been essential to creating a network of sociologists interested in studying expertise...I guess we'll spend the next decade making sense of the crisis!
For a half century, economic research on health insurance in the U.S. has centered on the importance of ‘cost sharing,’ or the idea that individuals ought to shoulder some of the cost of their insurance. First theorized as a ‘moral hazard’ problem...
Zach GriffenIf you're at 4S, come hear me talk about my favorite topic tomorrow: the RAND Health Insurance Experiment
A rule letting employers subsidize workers buying health plans on the individual market may have similar impact to the shift of retirement benefits to 401(k)s.
Zach GriffenLong term consequences of what the Trump administration is using its executive power to do with healthcare "could resemble the movement in retirement benefits from defined pensions to 401(k) plans"
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming [David Wallace-Wells] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <b> The Uninhabitable Earth</i> hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon....
Zach Griffen"[4 degrees of warming by 2100] ultimately suggests a more complete retreat from economics as an orienting beacon, and from growth as the lingua franca through which modern life launders all of its aspirations."
A few months ago a friend wrote me an email with the subject line, “What is Sean McElwee.” This is the kind of question that occurs to a person who spends a lot…
Zach GriffenThis whole piece is great but I particularly liked this quote from Krugman:
“If you’re having meetings in which Joe Stiglitz and I are the farthest left voices, that’s a limiting spectrum and it would be helpful if there were people beyond.”
Following decades of lax antitrust enforcement, the airline sector today suffers from a market power problem. Fewer firms means there is less competition, which is great for corporate profits but bad for consumers and other stakeholders. In “Airline...