Kevin Cashman

More People Should Be on Disability If They Need to Be, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

There is a big problem with the limits of the current discourse on defending disability benefits: it invariably has the strictness of Social Security’s disability insurance program — only 4 in 10 applicants…

Why Do Passengers Expect Uber Drivers to Honestly Tell Them Whether They Enjoy Their Work or Not?

I hear it a lot. Friends will ask their Uber (or Lyft, etc.) drivers if they enjoy working for the ride hailing service. The answer is often a variation on “yes,” and might have a few…

Vox Misses the Mark on Voting Reform

Vox recently published a mealy mouthed article on voting reform that explains why election day is on Tuesday. It is interesting to hear some reasons why election day is on a certain day, but…

The “CV of Failure” Hides Structural Inequities and Also Relies on Particular Notions of Success

Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton, recently created a “CV of failure,” which listed some of failures of his academic career — programs he didn’t get into, jobs he didn’t get, and grant…

Further Thoughts on How to Address the Ridiculous Cost of Diapers

I did some research on the costs of diapers back in the fall of 2015 using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.1 I found that, of those who buy…

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