Today I’m going to walk you through my workflow where I import fixed width data into R, manipulate it, and export it for usage on this site. The end result of this walkthrough is a CSV file which you should be able to import into your favorite spreadsheet program. Here you go, if you want […]
Setting aside my esteemed co-writer’s obsession with hypermiling (not practicing, mind you, joking about), there really is no such thing as a free lunch – especially when it comes to fuel economy. The Government, however, as demonstrated by recently finalized mileage laws, wants their lunch on the house.
As the saying goes, “you can’t legislate innovation”, and fuel economy standards give car manufacturers very interesting incentives.
One of the interesting things about writing on a Personal Finance site is that while you write for your readers and yourself, you are part of a broader community which informs your opinions and gives you reason to examine your own views on many topics. We at Don’t Quit Your Day Job have now been around for (almost) three years, covered a large number of financial topics, introduced a number of personal financial strategies, and delved into too-great detail on subjects which had mildly interesting data.
Welcome to the Christmas/Holidays/Winter Solstice version of the DQYDJ weekender! The three writers on the web site are Catholic (we’re from Boston, remember?) so this is being sent out on Christmas Eve for us. Happy Holidays to you and your families, and enjoy this wrap up.
We’ll be back next week with more controversial stuff, but for now we leave you with the cream of the crop for the week!
Oh no! The Social Security Administration recently released it’s Wage Statistics for 2010 to little (official) fanfare. To read a little financial press, it’s the end of the American Dream (buy guns and gold!), however. Here’s a little secret: the problem isn’t that employers are colluding to ratchet down the income of the United States. The true reason for the reduction in median income is the shifting demographics of employed workers. You can break it down in many ways, but I’ll break it down into age brackets… and you should be convinced that while unemployment is a problem, the falling wage is just a symptom of everything else, and not something you should spend too much time worrying about (let DQYDJ do it for you!).
“Oooh-yeah just like this
Come on little miss and do the twist” – Chubby Checker, The Twist
I thought the quote was pretty clever, but you could also attach one of a couple of subtitles on this post: “Why Thomas Sargent Deserves Half the Nobel Prize” or, if you like classic entertainment, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dance”! Let’s stick with Thomas Sargent, who just won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the field of “Rational Expectations”. “Rational Expectations” in Economics, as you might guess, refers to the changing expectations of the market (investors, citizens, whomever) to policies that will affect them. Basically, you cannot assume that the reaction to a new policy will have the desired effect.
Charitable contributions are an important part of the American political system and the American tax code. In this article, Cameron Daniels questions whether the tax exemption for charitable contributions is a good policy decision.
Live blogging for the midterm 2010 elections. Keep refreshing! 5-10 minute updates.
Substitution and Income Effect: These two terms are very familiar to anybody who has taken an intermediate course in macroeconomics. With the recent articles regarding volunteerism and labor statistics, I thought that it was very timely to write on these two very important concepts.
Let’s start with a thought experiment: if you were to receive a 10% increase in your hourly wage, would you increase, decrease, or maintain your hours worked? Believe it or not, any answer is correct, despite many assumptions regarding the positive slope of labor supply curves. The reason that any answer is correct lies in an understanding of substitution and income effects.