Pablo A. Mitnik, Erin Cumberworth, and David B. Grusky (Stanford): Social Mobility in a High Inequality Regime. David Callahan on the single best argument against inequality: Inequality undermines growth and hurts everyone. Eduardo Porter on rethinking the rise of inequality. John Cassidy on U.S. inequality in six charts. Zoe Carpenter on how inequality is (literally) killing America. No class warfare, please, we’re Americans: Neil deMause on what we talk about when we talk about inequality. Are computers making society more unequal? Joshua Rothman interviews Tyler Cowen, author of Average Is Over. The future of inequality: John McDermott reviews The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky, and Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. John Podesta is starting a research center in Washington to investigate the causes and effects of growing economic inequality, to be called the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and housed at the Center for American Progress (and more by Brad DeLong). Sorry, neoliberals — inequality is driven by greed, not technology: A new study shows low wages are really caused by low minimum wage, weakened unions and the effects of globalization. Thomas O. McGarity on what Obama left out of his inequality speech: Regulation. Dylan Matthews on how the government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high.
Jesse Keith Anttila-Hughes (USF) and Solomon M. Hsiang (UC-Berkeley): Destruction, Disinvestment, and Death: Economic and Human Losses Following Environmental Disaster. From New York, a special issue on the Year in Culture 2013. The science of sex: Katherine Rowland interviews Daniel Bergner on researching lust, the myth of female monogamy, and why “voyeurism is essential to good writing”. Alec MacGillis on why Democrats shouldn't be scared to talk about inequality. The new Pope — now officially Time's person of the year — is wildly popular; fans of change in the church should temper their optimism. Nobel-winner Edmund Phelps on his plan to help low-wage workers without raising the minimum wage. Mailing unemployment insurance checks to people who aren't so much unemployed as unemployable is obviously not an ideal public policy, but simply doing nothing for them is cruel and insane — what we need are targeted "mobilization" programs that don't rely on the outbreak of an enormous war. “Paul Ryan is the Jesus of our conference”: The Ryan-Murray deal is not is the beginning of anything — it’s the end. Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram. Lenin’s lost his head: What’s going on in Kyiv? Yana Gorokhovskaia investigates (and more). The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club: Liz Leyden on a modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow. Zach Beauchamp on 5 reasons why 2013 was the best year in human history.
From Vanity Fair, is Marissa Mayer helping Yahoo — or hurting the struggling tech giant? Bethany McLean investigates. Yahoo hasn't been known for search since Google took that crown long ago — can CEO Marissa Mayer turn the company into a player again? Derrick Harris on the fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process. Is this the death of Apple? Steve Jobs’s creation, long thought to be the smartest company in the world, is in danger of falling behind Google and Facebook in the race to be the internet platform of the future. Apple vs Google: Did Apple learn anything from its war with Microsoft? Google in jeopardy: What if IBM’s Watson dethroned the king of search? Mat Honan on how Google's new tools show how deep Glass will embed in our lives. From The New Yorker, has the self-driving car at last arrived? Gary Marcus on what Facebook wants with artificial intelligence. Sentient code: John Koetsier on an inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm. The new monuments to digital domination: Technology giants in the US are building bombastic new headquarters to immortalize their grandiose ambitions, while inside they plan to turn traditional office culture on its head. Like the world fairs of old, Silicon Valley runs on booms, busts, and showboating impresarios — that's a good thing. In Silicon Valley, partying like it’s 1999 once more. Evgeny Morozov on why we are allowed to hate Silicon Valley. New Tech City: Will Oremus on how New York became the Silicon Valley of the East.