Incentives and the cost of childcare

The debt ceiling debate continues (bringing out my inner wonk… who’s been deeply buried for a while). I’m quite intrigued and excited by the broad ideas proposed to lower marginal tax rates while reducing the use of exemptions and deductions. Higher marginal rates with lots of deductions reduce incentives to work and increase incenti… read more »

Weird Ways to Make Money

Borders may be liquidating, but there is no shortage of books still being printed, judging by the listings that come across my desk. The other day, I got a pitch from Wiley about a Steve Gillman book called “101 Weird Ways to Make Money.” The subtitle? “Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs with Big Upside and Not Much Competi… read more »

Focusing on Metrics That Matter

I recently provided a cover blurb for the new book Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia. Written by Bowdoin professors Rachel Connelly and Kristen Ghodsee, the book covers how to navigate various stages of an academic career while maintaining a full personal life.
There are certain lines that I disagree with, such as “Don̵… read more »

Your Own Personal Debt Ceiling

Like most Americans, I’ve been watching the political debate over the debt ceiling with some mixture of incredulousness, cynicism and alarm. The former comes from the oddity of the whole situation. Total debt is a function of money coming in being less than money going out for several years. Congress authorized all those decisions on money in and mon… read more »

Round-up: Fortune, WSJ, Blog Talk Radio, and Can You Become a Morning Person?

Lots of headlines already this week!
The Wall Street Journal’s “The Juggle” blog featured 168 Hours yesterday — particularly my question of where we hit the point of diminishing returns with work hours. A recent Juggle post had claimed that the 40-hour workweek was the new part-time, which may be the case in some organizations, b… read more »