Como emocionar seu pai

– Mãe, comprar uma bandeira do Inter hoje porque ele vai ser campeão no domingo?
– Não filha, a gente compra na segunda.
– Mãe, depois que ele for campeão, vai estar mais caro.

Tainah, 11 anos.

Aprendeu? Tainah já. E ela só tem 11 anos…

p.s. o pai dele tá chorando de emoção no Skype…

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Você era feliz e não sabia…

Summary: This paper uses Engel curves to estimate real income growth in Brazil. The estimated per capita household real income growth in metropolitan areas during 1987-2002 is about 4½ percent per year, well above the “headline” growth of 1½ percent obtained by deflating nominal incomes by the CPI. This suggests a substantial CPI bias during that period, likely owing to one-off effects of trade liberalization and inflation stabilization. The estimated unmeasured gains are higher for poorer households, implying a marked reduction in “real” inequality. This finding challenges the conventional wisdom that post-reform real income growth in Brazil was low.


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How often have you heard that the vast majority of families’ incomes in the United States are rising little or not at all, that the middle class is shrinking, that real wages are stagnating, that the top 20%, or 5%, or 1% are getting the lion’s share of the gains in the U.S. economy, that average CEO pay is getting to be a couple of orders of magnitude larger than average people’s pay, or that mobility across income groups has declined? Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has made a good part of his living credulously repeating most of these claims. Wall Street Journal reporter David Wessel has also often written long articles laying out some of these claims. It seems that not a month has gone by in the last few years that a major respected newspaper hasn’t made such statements as if they were well-established facts.

Clique para ler tudo. E, claro, mais controvérsias.

In a report out today, The World Bank looks both at current economic growth rates and projections for the next 25 years. The report, Global Economics Prospects 2007 says “developing economies are projected to grow by 7.0 percent in 2006,more than twice as fast as high-income countries (3.1 percent), with all developing regions growing by about 5 percent or more.” While these nations have only 22 percent of global GDP they accounted for 38 percent of the increase in global output. And they are expected to increase their share of global output by about 50 percent by 2030.

The report expects the world economy to grow from last year’s $35 trillion to $72 trillion by 2030. And this “is driven more than ever before by strong performance in the developing countries.” Only two decades ago the poor nations provided only 14 percent of wealthy nations’ manufactured imports. Today they provide 40 percent and by 2030 they are projected to provide over 65 percent.

Novamente, clique no link para ler tudo.


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Chamar você de econofóbico ofende?

Vejamos o significado em uma discussão de David Friedman:

Consider first the case of “homophobia.” In current usage, it is applied to any negative view of homsexuals or homosexuality, whatever its source. Thus, for instance, someone who is opposed to homosexual activity because his minister told him that the bible says it is wicked would routinely be labelled homophobic.

A phobia is an irrational fear. It is occasionally argued that the source of negative views of homosexuality is the fear that one might have homosexual inclinations, but it is a considerable stretch to claim that source for all negative views. It seems obvious that some people are opposed to hom[o]sexuality because they think their religion condemns it, some because they think it has bad consequences, and some for any of a variety of other reasons. Labelling all of them “homophobic” is a way of (falsely) implying a single cause for the conclusion–and, by doing so, attempting to stigmatize all those who hold it and dismiss all possible reasons they might have.

Obrigado prof. Friedman.


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Amartya Sen e a religião não-liberal

Eis um bom texto do Renato Drummond. Reproduzo na íntegra, sem os links.


Numa entrevista com Amartya Sen, o indiano afirma: ” We are beginning to have a world community, and economic contact has partly contributed to that. It’s also the case that economic opportunity opened up by economic contact has helped to a great extent to reduce poverty in many parts of the world. East Asia’s success is in that direction. Going further back, the escape from poverty in Western Europe and Europe generally and North America is also connected with the use of economic opportunity that international trade helped.”

O entrevistador, talvez surpreso com o fato do economista “humanista” tomar uma posição que normalmente é identificada como “conservadora”, faz seu ponto: But the American experience was built on genocide and expropriation of an entire continent, and Europe’s wealth was directly connected to its colonial empires.

A resposta de Amartya Sen é fantástica:

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