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November 01, 2011

Economic Inequality: Red or Blue

Times columnist David Brooks makes an important point today about two flavors of inequality. The 'blue' inequality, financiers vs. wage earners, is getting all the attention, but the 'red' inequality, those with or without a college education (and here, the big gap falls along gender lines) is more ...

October 24, 2011

A Warning Sign from Korea

Too many college graduates and not enough jobs for them has Koreans worried about the priorities of their education system. Does that mean that treating (some) college is the new high school is the wrong strategy? Korea does stand out as a useful warning, but the U.S. is far from reaching the over-...

October 15, 2011

Japan's Answer to the "Skills Gap"

This is worthy of imitation in the United States, and not just for boys. It would give students a clear career goal before finishing high school. From the Washington Post article: The skills gap that troubles Japan is tormenting the United States. Since 2000, the percentage of U.S. young adults ag...

September 14, 2011

If Men Rule the White House, How Bad Can It Be?

That's a question I come across often. Look around you, urge the leaders of the national feminist organizations. Men rule the White House, Congress and the Fortune 500. How bad can it be? To me, that fact of life had little to do with the relatively recent problem of boys lagging in school. But th...

September 06, 2011

The Confluence of Economics, Gender, Education, and Politics

You'll see it in President Obama's upcoming speech about proposals for creating jobs. The White House is all too aware of the growing political disaffection of working-class white males. Absent job creation, Obama has little hope of winning that group. Why? Because of social and economic trends th...

August 21, 2011

The 'Middle Skills' Quandry

This is what so many males need -- skills that need some post-secondary work, but not necessarily a four-year degree. And yet, too many males aren't getting that message. Sorry about the truncated wsj link. Normally, I wouldn't link this article, but it's an important topic, so even three graphs for...

August 19, 2011

Summer Camp To Interest Girls in Manufacturing

Would be great if it worked.

August 14, 2011

The Advantages of Female Leadership

Given the higher education imbalances, this is an issue worth thinking about.

August 05, 2011

Required Reading

This Brookings paper brings together all the factors that explain the declining economic status of men. Thanks to Christina Hoff Sommers for spotting this one.

July 27, 2011

Structural Economic Changes

Interesting discussion in this American Enterprise Institute piece about economic/education changes. No discussion of gender -- but not too hard to figure out the implications.

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