A Little More Self Promotion

As I’ve noted before, I occasionally have book reviews in Science and Public Policy.  Academic journals sometimes run a few months behind, so only recently has the December 2009 issue come out with my review of Innovation and Inequality: How Does Technical Progress Affect Workers? by Gilles St. Paul.  The review, “Laboring through the models,” is behind a paywall (Science and Public Policy makes their articles available after approximately two years).  If you’re dying to read it (or any of the other reviews I’ve had published in the journal, send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

The book will frustrate readers who lack at least a background in microeconomics, but it is a thorough effort to examine how economic models might explain increases in economic inequality.  It is a book focused on theory, so those looking for context and connections to economic history will be disappointed.  But for those who are suited to a theoretical microeconomic examination of income inequality, it’s worth taking the time to read it.

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Science and Engineering on the Mall

While it’s not the first time science and/or engineering will show up on the National Mall, this appears to be the first festival on the Mall focusing on that subject.  I’m sure this has been in the works for a while, but this October will see the first USA Science and Engineering Festival.  It’s planned as a two-week event that will end with an exposition on the National Mall in Washington.  It appears to be following the lead of several science festivals held in other countries.

If you’d like to volunteer, host a Satellite Event, or just learn more about the plans (think big street fair or block party) for the Festival, explore the website.  Current sponsors include the big scientific societies, federal research agencies and noted science museums.  With all the big name sponsors, I’m afraid smaller science may get drowned out – unless they intend the satellite events to focus on that kind of project.