Category Archives: United States

Apparently U.S. does not want to release H-1B gender breakdown

Computerworld filed a FOIA request for H-1B gender data last year and was told that providing such information would be “unreasonably burdensome.” “In order to determine the gender of H-1B applicants, USCIS staff would have to manually search each applicant’s … Continue reading

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How much was spent on public services for the homeless in Santa Clara County in 2015? $520 million a year

But now, for the first time, a staggering fiscal cost has been calculated: $520 million annually. A new study, described as the most comprehensive look ever at the expense of homelessness on a community, has determined that more than $3 … Continue reading

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Daily dose of Akerlof: The rat race

Somehow he succinctly describes the key insight in one page.  Here is the full paper at jstor.  I vainly searched the web for “Akerlof rat race intuition” and of course there was nothing better, because why bother?  The article marked … Continue reading

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Bill Sundstrom three years ahead of me on BIG

But there are virtues to being a late-comer. One does not have to write as much. From 2014: Having acknowledged all these drawbacks of the BIG idea, I still can’t help thinking it deserves a bigger place in our political … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Act “scoring” by the Congressional Budget Office… the old one…

The relevant quote: CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. The increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy

I am sure President Trump with his extensive experience with bankruptcy, and his many friends owning island property, will be deeply involved in the negotiations and eventual resolution.  From NYT. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said he would … Continue reading

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Ethics of collecting $400,000 for a speech, random notes

The context is here. Reactions to detractors seem to be: “Hey Ruth Marcus, let me know how many $400K speaking gigs you pass up after doing the toughest job in the world for eight years.” “Seems to me only women … Continue reading

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