Taken from here, what key things do we want written up, and who wants to write them?

  • $\begingroup$ I've just created the meta-tag 7-essential-questions - would you like to add it to this question? $\endgroup$
    – 410 gone
    Nov 23, 2014 at 22:10

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It seems to make sense to have a community wiki for this. Anyone with >100 reputation can edit this post and start building up the below.

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  • Assume that a policy maker wants to maximize labor-income equality and attaches equal Pareto-weights to the population. How can we implement...

Not so good

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  • $\begingroup$ I added the point about trying to keep questions neutral. The wording may be off, but I think we should have something of that kind in here. Let me know what you think. $\endgroup$
    – FooBar
    Nov 26, 2014 at 0:52

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