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Comment Re:it's not always about race (Score 1) 323

We do it all the time. We've been doing it for hundreds of years in America. By around 15 years after immigration immigrants are high functioning in the culture though cultural differences remain. By 2nd generation (that is children of parents who have been here 15 years or more) there are few remaining culture differences that influence economic well being. By 3rd and 4th those disappear entirely.

Comment Re:AI? (Score 1) 146

You have been reluctant to define intelligent. I don't know what scientific results you are talking about. We are learning how brains work. We have been able to emulate simple ones. So far there is no sign of some missing ingredient in what we are doing. The road we are on looks promising.

Comment Re:Back-scratchy (Score 1) 323

Correct and may be the case that with today's excellent telecommuting that the localization advantage is going to disappear. However things like:

a) people tend to pick first job near their college
b) people often tend to pick careers based on parents
c) people's career paths are guided by opportunities where they work
etc... still drive local specialization.

Comment Re:'computer expert'. (Score 1) 312

The situation above was the complaint is made by the victim who is admitting they did it. To use your analogy (though it doesn't quite fit) this would be like the dealer going to police admitting he shorted the crackhead because he is being threatened by him.

As for giving him access. No the thief did not give the victim access. Granting access is an act of intent. You don't grant me access to your house because your front door has bad locks that I know how to pick.

Comment Re:For my wife and I, it's the Mexicans (Score 1) 323

I wouldn't blame race as much as class. Also I disagree with you on liberal conservative. I don't think it breaks out that neatly. Liberals are often big fans of bilingual education systems that would homogeneously group the kids. You have people on both sides turning this into the least bad option.

Comment Re:Back-scratchy (Score 1) 323

What you are asking is what Paul Krugman got his Noble Prize for. The issue is networks of highly specialized skill sets. Let's take a non tech example. There are for given organic molecules only about 10 people in the world who understand their properties in terms of cooking them together well enough to design API processes (the step before making drugs). You need lots of these people to work together to design a drug. So to have a complex economy these people must be collocated in a completely non random formation. In particular places like Groten CT and New Brunswick NJ. The companies need to do this work and the companies that make equipment for them benefit from colocation. So you get a huge concentration of drug expertise. And that expertise is not easily movable for any individual company.

Similarly auto expertise in the Detroit area. Similarly top notch pit bosses and first rate dancers willing to appear topless exist in Las Vegas. Similarly rare tech expertise in San Fransisco.

Comment Re:My public school system is great (Score 1) 323

How does repealing Prop 13 have a net negative effect on anyone?

Take a community with property taxes ranging from .1% to 2.5% of current value, with an average of .6% because of prop 13. Repeal 13 and the property tax rates for everyone go to .6%. Obviously the people paying .1 or .2% suffer but there is a corresponding and exactly equal gain for the people paying 2.5%. All repealing 13 does is remove an artificial barrier to trade.

Comment Re:My public school system is great (Score 1) 323

Prop 13 is cumulative in its effects. Every year it is going to get worse. Year 1 the effect was minimal. As far as forcing retirees out of houses, being forced to sell useless property and turn it over to better more productive use sounds like a societal benefit to me. Why retire on expensive real estate?

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 323

The problem with wages in America is primarily not competition. The problem primarily is the tax structure and profit structure policies. Even drastic changes in immigration policy are unlikely to have much effect on competition though obviously less trade and less immigration would help increase wages.

Comment 3 different things (Score 2) 323

I think the article is talking about 3 different trends as one.

a) The Western economies are structurally biased against children. The cost of raising a middle class child (all inclusive) is about $3m in NPV terms by the time they stop needing to be fully supported. Society clearly covers some of the educational expenses, employers cover some of the medical expenses but parents absorb a huge burden in lost wages and money spent. What societies of asking of parents is too much of a burden. There needs to be more subsidization if we want to maintain a higher birthrate.

b) In America we have had a government policy for a generation of depressing wages, particularly in areas of the economy that impact the bottom half of males. That's resulted in a huge drop off in family formation for the bottom half of the labor pool. With easy and reliable birth control the birthrate has been declining among this demographic drastically.

c) San Fransisco has high rents a good services for singles and thus disproportionately people without children will want to live there. That's causing immigration of singles in and emigration of family people out.

Obviously all 3 hit San Fransisco but I don't see how San Fransisco can itself address (a) or (b).

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