• Course Reflection

    As this semester is coming to an end, I wanted to post a reflection on the “ungraded” system we used in FSEM 100. Prior to this semester, I had never taken a class that was not strictly based on points and grades. In high school, it seemed that teachers were constantly passing out rubrics and grading sheets, and my classmates…

  • Class Notes 12/3/18

    Problems related to economic inequality that we’ve discussed in this course: Poverty Unequal opportunities Unequal access to education Skewed income and wealth distributions Disappearance of the American Dream? Disappearance of the middle class (some members are moving up, while many are moving down in socioeconomic status) Incentives: if wealth/income gaps are really large, will people just give up on trying…

  • Week 15: December 3-7

    Yesterday, I read a NYT opinion piece on the potential elimination of student debt. The author, David Leonhardt, argued that the proposal to eliminate all U.S. student debt would not be progressive, but would benefit mostly the upper middle class (who, according to some calculations, holds the majority of student debt). Leonhardt asserts that student debt is a real problem,…

  • Week 14: November 26-30

    I recently read an article from The Economist titled, “Can inequality only be fixed by war, revolution or plague?” The article contained an interview with Stanford professor Walter Scheidel about his new book, The Great Leveler, in which he argues that high levels of inequality can only be reduced by a great shock, such as a war or pandemic. Drastic…

  • Week 12: November 12-16

    November 14th Class Notes: Economics & Politics The Amazon headquarters deal  Will the deal be beneficial for Virginia and New York?  Should the government be bribing businesses to come to their localities? VA & NY governments spent millions in taxpayer dollars to entice Amazon to choose them for their new headquarters  System privileges richer states, who can make high bids.…

  • Week 11: November 5-9

    As I was conducting research for my upcoming paper, I read several interesting studies from a book titled Social Class and Transitions to Adulthood by Jeylan Mortimer. The topics of the studies varied, but all were related to social class and young adulthood in some capacity. The study that I found most interesting was titled “Breaking Barriers or Locked Out?…

  • Week 10: October 29-2

    I recently read a review of CUNY professor Branko Milanovic’s book, Global Inequality: A New Approach For The Age Of Globalization. The review, written by economics professor Diane Coyle, consisted of a summary and evaluation. Milanovic’s main points: *There have been several momentous changes in recent history: stagnation of incomes among middle class of developed world, the rise of a global…

  • Week 9: October 22-26

    On Monday, I attended the Virginia 1st District Congressional debate between U.S. Representative Rob Wittman and his challenger, Vangie Williams. In his opening statement, Wittman emphasized the importance of government transparency and accountability. For her opening statement, Williams spoke primarily on the need for affordable healthcare for everyone. Throughout the debate, the candidates were asked numerous questions regarding topics such as…

  • Week 7: October 8-12

    During the week of October 8-12, we visited both the writing center and the speaking center. The writing center consultants can help students with brainstorming, editing, and revising papers, while the speaking center can help students edit/revise oral presentations and improve their communication skills. These are valuable resources, seen as we are currently transitioning from high school to college-level writing/speaking.…

  • Week 6: October 1-5

    I recently read an article about income inequality on the National Bureau of Economic Research webpage. The article reviewed a working paper by two Northwestern University professors titled, “Controversies about the Rise of American Inequality: A Survey.” The survey encompassed several aspects of income inequality, including: *geographical inequality *changes in labor’s share of income *labor mobility and inequality at the…