Economy

The Reformicon tax plan is super unfair. It purports to be interested in compensating parents for the future payroll taxes of their grown children, but then it doesn't do that. Instead, it gives rich parents way more money than poor parents even though that doesn't make any sense if the goal is to...
07/11/2014
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One of the conservative lines on how to fix poverty is that you get workers into really bad poverty-wage jobs and then over time they can get promoted until their jobs are only moderately bad non-poverty jobs. Paul Ryan has been fond of this line, calling the process by which you get a terrible job...
07/01/2014
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As if there weren’t enough higher education stories this week—from the downfall of one of the most notorious for-profit colleges, to a Brookings study that it seems everyone in the world (including yours truly) weighed in on—Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions...
06/25/2014
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For the last few months or so, I have been researching child poverty and how to reduce it. Looking at countries with low child poverty, it's clear that something like an unconditional child allowance is the way to go. But it's not the only thing you can do. There are a lot of much less effective...
06/25/2014
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Brookings Institution researchers Beth Akers and Matt Chingos set the internet in a tizzy today with some “counterintuitive” research on student debt, with the takeaway for some being that student debt is not, in fact, the burden that the media (and policymakers) would have you believe. I put...
06/24/2014
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Yesterday, the Patent Office declared that it would stop enforcing the "Redskins" trademarks because they are racially derogatory. The statute authorizing the extension of trademarks apparently forbids extending them over such racially derogatory things. Which makes sense, of course. If the state...
06/19/2014
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Patrick Flavin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University. He is also doing pioneering work in the area of policy representation at the state level. You can find a discussion of his work here. I talked with him about his studies and what they tell us about...
06/18/2014
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Justin Wolfers posted a slideshow regarding Thomas Piketty's Capital yesterday. Wolfers has been an interesting character to watch on Piketty, especially after his excessive praise of Larry Summers' abortive and error-riddled effort at critiquing it. Perhaps not surprisingly, Wolfers'...
06/17/2014
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Elizabeth Stoker has a wonderful piece in The Week about the recent hubbub surrounding one of Pope Francis' top advisors remarking upon the incompatibility of libertarianism and Catholicism. She defends that view, detailing church orthodoxy on the matter of resource distribution over the...
06/16/2014
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The recent Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page paper finding that ordinary citizens have, “little or no independent influence on policy at all.” While the paper was covered extensively in the popular press, few bothered to even read the paper which notes, “ the preferences of average citizens are...
06/12/2014
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