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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, presents his proposal for a carbon tax, followed by debate on its merits.

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Maybe metrics devised for a wheat-and-steel economy of physical commodities are poorly suited for one experiencing rapid growth in software and digital content.

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European policymakers must be alert to the heightened risks that now face the European economy following the Spanish elections.

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The latest from James Pethokoukis and the AEIdeas blog.

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Researchers suggest that there “is no simple way to prevent family-friendly policies from backfiring.”

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee addresses supporters as he formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015.  Reuters

Governor Huckabee claims to be representing average Americans against the rich and powerful. But his stances on Social Security should be understood as having the opposite effect.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s profits utterly depend on having their obligations backed by the US Treasury — and thus by taxpayers.

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“Free” college plans aren’t really about economics. They’re about anti-economics, the belief that incentives don’t matter, that somehow simply putting more money into higher education without any reform will somehow result in a better system.

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The basic economic and political assumptions that justified the IMF’s lending program to Ukraine are far from being realized.This raises serious questions over whether the program is adequately financed and whether it was appropriate in the first place.

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This may support the market explanation for rising executive compensation, as opposed to managerial power.

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The latest from James Pethokoukis and the AEIdeas blog.

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