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Here are the 20 most-viewed posts on Economics from the Top Down.


  1. Debunking the ‘Productivity-Pay Gap’

The ‘productivity-pay gap’ has nothing to do with productivity. Here’s why.

  1. What Trait Affects Income the Most?

Ever wondered what trait most affects your income? Turns out it’s your rank in a hierarchy.

  1. Stocks Are Up. Wages Are Down. What Does it Mean?

The US is in uncharted territory. Never before have stocks been so high relative to wages. Here’s what it means.

  1. Why America Won’t Be ‘Great’ Again

The rise and fall of empires is written in the language of energy. Let’s have a look at this ‘energy book’ and see why America won’t be ‘great’ again.

  1. Why Isn’t Modern Monetary Theory Common Knowledge?

I’ve always been baffled that modern monetary theory is called a ‘theory’. Why don’t we just call it ‘the way money is’?

  1. No, Productivity Does Not Explain Income

The idea that income is proportional to productivity is a thought virus that needs to die.

  1. Peak Oil Never Went Away

Peak oil was all the rage a decade ago. Now nobody’s talking about it. The funny thing is, it’s still happening.

  1. Can the World Get Along Without Natural Resources?

I dissect how neoclassical economics treats (neglects) natural resources, and discuss ways to fix it.

  1. Supply and Demand Deconstructed

In a new video, Jonathan Nitzan demolishes the neoclassical theory of prices. Here’s a summary and some consequences.

  1. Deconstructing Econospeak

I built a bot that counts word frequency. Here’s what it says about the language in economics textbooks.

  1. The Rise of Human Capital Theory

What’s the most pernicious scientific idea ever? I’d give first prize to eugenics and second prize to human capital theory.

  1. As We Exhaust Our Oil, It Will Get Cheaper But Less Affordable

As we run out of oil, many people believe that its price will skyrocket. But I think the opposite will happen. Oil prices will plummet … yet oil will grow increasingly unaffordable.

  1. The Free Market as a Double Lie

What if the free market has never been about freedom?

  1. The Deep History of Human Inequality

Have humans always been egalitarian? The evolutionary evidence suggests not.

  1. Productivity Does Not Explain Wages

Wages correlate with firms’ sales per worker. Does this mean that productivity explains wages? The answer is no.

  1. Radically Progressive Degrowth: Reducing Resource Use by Eliminating Inequality

I look at the degrowth that might be achieved by eliminating inequality.

  1. A Blog Reading List

Here are the 5 blogs that I read frequently.

  1. The Ritual of Capitalization

I take a detailed look at the quantitative ritual that orders our social world.

  1. Frederick Soddy’s Debt Dynamics

Frederick Soddy looms large in the field of ecological economics. Here’s a short dive into his ideas.

  1. How the History of Class Struggle is Written on the Stock Market

The effects of class struggle, it seems, are written in the most unlikely of places: the stock market.