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The global ‘educational-gender-equality paradox’: the more gender equality in a country, the fewer women in STEM
New research of 475,000 adolescents in 67 nations found that the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields is because: a) women have a comparative advantage in basic language abilities and a generally greater interest in reading and b) countries that empower women with greater opportunities also empower them to follow their passions and select the college majors and careers they enjoy most.
North and South Korea have the same people and the same natural resources. Yet one is glowing with the light of freedom, innovation, and enterprise, while the other is enveloped in the total darkness of human misery.
There’s no evidence that recent teacher evaluation reforms have attracted talented applicants. Instead, they seem to have dissuaded new teachers and decreased the labor supply.
Some states are trying to make their own internet regulations, but this is not practical or legal in many cases — Congress needs to clarify the FCC’s authority.
Today, in the face of an overheated U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve has an unenviable choice. It can either raise its interest rate and risk bursting the global asset price bubble, or it can delay its interests rate decision and risk incurring the wrath of the bond vigilantes who might sense that the Federal Reserve is not serious about inflation risk.
Alan Greenspan first visited the American Enterprise Institute in 1974. Since then, he has appeared multiple times to discuss important economic topics ranging from “irrational exuberance” to the bubble economy.
A recent op-ed claims Americans should stop “obsessing” about single motherhood and poverty. The article ends up conveying the wrong impression about the actual links between single parenthood and poverty, especially for children. While family structure is not destiny, the evidence suggests it remains important and shouldn’t be dismissed as one important factor affecting children in particular.
The US must respond to China’s protectionist behavior and technological mercantilism surrounding the information and communications technology sector and the operation of the internet.
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The wage discrimination myth has made it to the Super Bowl because it has become an enthusiasm — with rallies, speak-outs, affinity networks, even its own holiday. The truth about pay disparities can hardly compete — it is addressed to reason rather than emotion and requires a few minutes of explanation. It does not lend itself to heartrending vignettes about innocent girls and babies facing a future of injustice. Most of all, the truth lacks a lobby. For the time being, expect more ads.
Modern sexual teaching doesn’t merely scoff at the notion of limiting sex to marriage, it denies that there is a single definition of marriage.
He (or she) who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That’s an old political consultant’s rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats’ failed government shutdown over immigration policy.
It’s easy to express contempt for our political foes. But as a 2017 political rally and a 1934 social science study teach us, polarization is much harder to sustain when we see that our ideological opponents are people, not faceless enemies.
Our democracy requires vigorous competition between two serious and ideologically distinct parties, both of which operate in the realm of truth, see governing as an essential and ennobling responsibility, and believe that the acceptance of republican institutions and democratic values define what it is to be an American. The Republican Party must reclaim its purpose.
Federal Reserve Governor Jay Powell, just nominated by President Trump to be the next Fed Chairman, came to AEI this past July to stress that reform of the housing finance system is long past due.