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Michael W. Kruse
Kansas City, MO
Blogger and writer, currently working on a book tentatively titled "The Great Divergence and Christian Mission."
Interests: history, digital photography, writing, technology, soccer, jesus, emerging culture, road trips, practical theology, economic issues, urban hiking, presbyterian pcusa, annoying presbyterians
Recent Activity
Pew Research: Latin America’s middle class grows, but in some regions more than others Three interesting graphs: Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day) is shrinking. The global poor are not getting poorer. The world population grew from 4.5 billion people in 1981, to 6.9 billion in 2010, - a 60% increase.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Harvard Business Review: Stuff: When Less Is More One of the most persistent economic misconceptions I see is the presumed fixed relationship between a unit of GDP and the energy/resources that get consumed in the process. This false relationship is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
It was ten years ago to day I wrote my first Kruse Kronicle post. Posts have been more scarce in recent weeks than at any time during my blogging history. I hope to remedy that by the end of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Huffington Post: 'Great Decoupling' of Wages and Productivity Driven by New Technology Interesting chart. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
National Bureau of Economic Research: What Drives Nutritional Disparities? Retail Access and Food Purchases Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum Food deserts are not the problem when it comes to poor nutrition for low-income people, at least according to this study. Jessie... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Pacific Standard: An Anti-Poverty Program That Really Works "The study, run by an international team of economists, included 10,495 households in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru. Almost half of the families in the study lived on less than... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Economist: Some good news for development economists Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Conversable Economist: China and India Overtake Mexico for Inflow of Foreign-Born US Residents Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Conversable Economist: The Rise of Remittances "Here's a pattern showing the rise in remittances over time compared to some other international financial flows. Back in 1990, international remittances were lower than official development assistance (ODA). Flows of foreign direct investment... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Conversable Economist: Americans, Led by Democrats, Get Friendlier With Free Trade " ... I welcome the overall shift toward a more positive view of foreign trade among Americans. As I've argued on this blog before, the next few decades seem... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
New York Times: A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development - Eduardo Porter If billions of impoverished humans are not offered a shot at genuine development, the environment will not be saved. And that requires not just help in financing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
I recently linked an article about What Buy Local Gets Wrong. I quote Jason Sorens observation: "If you buy everything within that circumscribed area and exclude everything outside it, your community will be worse off than it would be if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Thirty years ago this July, Bob Geldof helped organize Live Aid, a concert to help victims of a lengthy famine in Ethiopia. Months earlier, he was behind the release of the song Do They Know It's Christmas? that raised money... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial A common perspective among political conservatives, especially of the libertarian and Tea Party varieties, is that welfare is a drag on economic growth and it is a disincentive to initiative. Paul Ryan wants... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Ethics and Economic Education of New England: Buying local and blocking out the sun Incorporating the lens of opportunity cost into to decision-making is probably one of contributions of economic thinking. Failure to incorporate it is what often leads well... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Real Clear Science: Why We Reject Facts & Embrace Conflict There is a growing body of research suggesting that when beliefs become tied to one’s sense of identity, they are not easily revised. Instead, when these axioms are threatened, people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Scientific American: Why People "Fly from Facts" Research shows the appeal of untestable beliefs, and how it leads to a polarized society ... “There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” “Actually, the researcher in that study lost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: Groups Aim to Lure Conservatives Out of the Closet on Climate Change This is an excellent article! Climate change and the left-wing narrative of "capitalism-is-exploitation" have been closely intertwined. Scientist tend to lean left-wing already, but when Al Gore... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
New Republic: Stop Trying to Save the World: Big ideas are destroying international development, Michael Hobbes One of the first classes I took in the economic development program at Eastern University was a class where we spent the entire semester... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Week: Walmart's wage hike proves we don't need the government to raise the minimum wage There are lessons here for both left and right. First, this should show progressives that the government doesn't actually have to mandate a minimum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Wall Street Journal: Vaccines and Politicized Science The people doing basic science should learn a well-proven truth about basic politics: Any cause taken up by politicians today by definition will be doubted or opposed by nearly half the population. When... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The Futures Company: Meet the Centennials "Centennials are growing up with a less idealist and more pragmatic edge. They’re facing situations that the Millennials didn’t have to deal with until early adulthood. As a result, Centennials are growing up more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: How The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and Work Revolutions used to be few and far between. James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution. But it wasn’t until a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle