Marie Howland, 19th Century Gender Equality Pioneer

Howard H Aiken, a pioneer in computer engineering, has famously urged others to “[not] worry about people stealing [your] idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” Such reminders are especially useful when considering the various reasons that groundbreaking ideas don’t always achieve notoriety in history textbooks or mainstream culture. … Read more

Piketty and Rognlie Forgot About Money

Matthew Rognlie’s analysis of Thomas Piketty’s predictions on increasing inequality is on point regarding both the role of housing and the poor substitutability of capital for labor, but it’s blind to the very existence of money and to the role of the interest rate on risk-free bank deposits in determining the costs of real investments. The … Read more