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Another Mom Screwed Over By A Tiny Advantage

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This is one of my older strips, and I'm of two minds about it.On the one hand, I love this strip. I think it takes a very important economic concept - Gunner Myrdal's concept of "cumulative causation" - and illustrates it, as it relates to the wage gap, in a very clear way that people without an economics background can understand. I also like that the husband character here isn't a villain. He seems like a nice enough guy - but one who, like his...
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This cartoon is a bit of a "econ nerds" gag, and I'm not sure how much general appeal it has. It's long been the case that economists have said that the minimum wage is bad because it causes more harm than good, by increasing unemployment. This was more a matter of theory than evidence.But when some clever economists started running "natural experiments" - looking at what happens when the minimum wage is raised in one of two neighboring states - ...
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Hi, Jason.

I'm not sure there's any need for minimum wage proponents to specifically address the "why not a MW of $100 an hour" argument, unless someone brings it up seriously. No one serious has ever proposed such a law; nor is there any chance of $100/hr MW being passed (except after many decades of inflation, I suppose).

In fact, the "what about a $100/hr MW?" argument is exactly what I was making fun of in my cartoon - MW opponents who emphasize theory and ignore reality.

You're mistaken about which MW studies I was referring to. Noawadays, the state of the art is to do "natural experiments," in which two continuous economic areas, separated only by a state line,  are compared when one state raises their MW  In this way, the effect of raising the MW can be compared in two otherwise similar regions, so that spurious correlations (like employment going up nationwide) are controlled for.

Ironically, it's the studies that don't control for spurious correlations that are most likely to find that the MW causes unemployment.

I discuss this in more detail here: http://amptoons.com/blog/2014/04/03/two-reasons-the-american-action-forums-new-minimum-wage-study-shouldnt-convince-anyone/
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Abortion Funnies!
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I'm not sure if this will be too tiny to read on G+... if it is, you can go to https://www.patreon.com/posts/2744199 and read the copy there, or there's a link there to a HUGE copy.

This is actually a strip from 1999, but I had to tweak it before posting it in 2015! More info about that: https://www.patreon.com/posts/2744199
If this cartoon is too small for you to comfortably read, click this link for a much larger copy of it.This cartoon is from 1999! Frankly, most of my cartoons from that long ago I never want to see again, but this one still works for me. So what's involved in updating a sixteen year old cartoon so I don't mind people seeing it today?The biggest change was getting rid of Al Gore! Originally the two women in the bottom strip were talking about Al G...
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DOES MARRIAGE FIX POVERTY?

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<p>It's become common for conservatives to claim that the best thing we can do to address poverty is to encourage poor people to get married. <br></p><p>It's true that married people are less likely to be in poverty. But correlation is not causation - for the most part,  it's not that marriage makes people richer, it's that being poor makes one less likely to be in a situation where marriage makes sense. (The book <i>Promises I Can Keep</i> looks...
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A cartoon for economics nerds! (Based on an article by Paul Krugman.)

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<p>This 2009 cartoon is one of the more "if you're not an economics nerd, this cartoon won't mean much to you" cartoons I've done. It was inspired by <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/magazine/06Economic-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all">an article by Paul Krugman</a>. The article (which is excellent) is far too detailed and long for me to sum it up, but one of its themes is that, although among many American economists it's fashionable to dis...
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WOMEN DON'T MAKE CHOICES IN A VACUUM

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<p>There's an argument I hear from anti-feminists, which is that if any part of the gender wage gap has to do with choices women make (as opposed to direct discrimination from someone's boss), then that means the gender wage gap has nothing to do with sexism.</p><p>There are a lot of problems with this theory - more than I could address in a four-panel cartoon - but one of them is, women don't make choices in a vacuum. The more society is set up ...
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MODERN SISYPHUS
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I'm still pleased with this cartoon. It's one of those cartoons that some of my readers have liked a lot, but others read it and go "meh." (And some read it and go, "who's Sisyphus?") Realistically, almost no one ever has their minds changed by a single argument heard once. People do sometimes change their minds, but it usually requires hearing the arguments again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and.... And even then, when they've fi...
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BLAME IMMIGRANTS!

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The fury directed at immigrants is actually pretty understandable, because the truth - that immigration strongly benefits the entire American economy, and reduces unemployment for American workers - is so unintuitive that it's hard for people to believe it. So people blame unemployment on immigrants, and get mad.But it's still unfair. First of all, immigrants - including undocumented immigrants - are almost all just trying to earn a living. Secon...
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WHY THEY'RE AGAINST MATERNITY LEAVE

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<p>Maternity leave is one of these issues that should be a no-brainer; virtually every wealthy country in the world other than the US has paid maternity leave. We know it works, we know it's needed. But that sure doesn't mean it'll happen.<br></p><p>This cartoon is a collaboration with Becky Hawkins. In theory, I wrote it and Becky drew it, but in practice we both did a lot on all stages of making this cartoon.</p><p>First I wrote it and showed t...
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HISTORY MARCHES ON!

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<p>This cartoon has been in more college textbooks than any other cartoon I've created. I was trying to do a cartoon illustrating the way that there's always a group of immigrants who people say are bad and un-American freeloaders, and although the particular immigrant being picked on changes, the complaints don't change.</p><p>I was so thrilled when I was researching this cartoon and found the "wall of brass" quote from founding father John Jay!...
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TOP TEN REASONS WE'RE AGAINST UNIONS!

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<p>This is a relatively recent cartoon, and one of the ones that has been reprinted the most often - usually in union publications. (I'm really proud of having my cartoons in union pubs.) Cartoons like this are fun to write, as long as I'm not in a hurry - I just write thirteen or fourteen ideas and then dump the ones I like least. It definitely takes longer to draw 11 tiny panels than it does to draw 4 bigger panels, though.<br></p><p><br></p><p...
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Porland, Oregon
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New York City - Oberlin, Ohio - Amherst, Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts - Westport, Connecticut
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Born, drew some comics, died. Oh, wait, not that last bit yet.
Introduction
I'm a cartoonist, best known for my graphic novel "Hereville," about the magical adventures of a troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. School Library Journal.com called Hereville "the best kid's graphic novel of 2010. Bar none."

I also create left-wing political cartoons, which can be found at leftycartoons.com, and blog at Alas, a Blog. I have a Patreon for my political cartoons, as well.
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My comic Hereville has been nominated for an Eisner, a Harvey, an Ignatz, an Andre Norton, won an Oregon Book Award, and is the only comic book ever to win a Sydney Taylor Book Prize. My political cartoons won the Charles Schulz Award. Also, I draw good grotesque faces.
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  • Portland State University
  • Oberlin College
  • School of Visual Arts, NYC
  • Staples High School, Westport, CT
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