Economy Talk: Growth 1929 to 2010 with Tor Dahl

  Join me Wed. Oct. 5th for a conversation with economist Tor Dahl about work he has been doing examining economic growth in the last century.  He says in a recent paper: “There are many variables that affect growth, including war and peace, unemployment and inflation, education and health, savings rate and innovation, technology and […]

October 4, 2011

Economy Talk with Dr. Hsiao: Vermont Single Payer

Last Sunday, I attended a presentation sponsored by the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition. Renowned economist, Dr.  William Hsiao  spoke about the recently signed law for a single payer system in the State of Vermont. Dr. Hsiao is the K.T. Li Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  He is one of the most interesting figures in […]

September 29, 2011

Economy Talk with Jennifer Labovitz

Join me this Wed. Sept. 21 for an interview with Jennifer Labovitz, chair of the Council on Crime and Justice.  We will talk about the economic impact of policies that have made America the number one jailer.  Spending so much on keeping so many people in prison takes a toll on our ability to fund […]

September 21, 2011

Economy Talk with Don Hill

Economy Talk, Wednesday Sept. 14th, join me for a conversation with former MEA President and public education advocate, Don Hill. We’ll talk about the importance of labor unions to our economy and give some talk back to all the public employee bashing we hear from the extreme right.  Maybe we’ll even talk about the recent census data, […]

September 14, 2011

Economy Talk: Income Inequality and the Recession

My guest this week on Economy Talk is Martha Paas  (Ph.D. Bryn Mawr) is a macroeconomist who teaches courses in economic history, the history of economic thought, and the economics of the arts. She has lectured and written widely on demography and economic change in early modern Europe , and has a new book forthcoming […]

September 6, 2011

Economy Talk with Rep. Tina Liebling

This Wed. at 6pm I interview Rep. Tina Liebling on my radio show Economy Talk. Listen in to our conversation about the legislative session budget discussions and what’s going with the economy.  Rep. Liebling is in her fourth term and represents Rochester in the Minnesota House and serves on the Public Safety, Health and Human […]

August 30, 2011

Economy Talk with Nan Madden / Minnesota Budget Project

Join me Wednesday August 24th at 6pm for a conversation with Nan Madden director of the Minnesota Budget Project  The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Non-profits that provides independent research, analysis, and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income persons and the organizations […]

August 23, 2011

Checking the Health of the Middle Class

MN2o20 published a commentary I wrote, here is the beginning and a link to it: Checking the Health of the Middle Class August 15, 2011 By David Bly, Guest Commentary Ask any public official or private manager these days and they’ll tell you, “The increasing cost of providing health care access is killing us.” It […]

August 15, 2011

The Death of the Middle Class

My friend Jonathan Larson has an interesting blog he calls “Real Economics.” I visit it frequently but found today’s entry on inequality, worth sharing. It includes a video report on how the middle class is at its worst position in 100 years.  You’ll find a link to the whole blog entry and video.   Friday, […]

August 5, 2011
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