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December 03, 2019
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5 questions with Bryan Caplan on open borders

What are the good, empirical reasons that we might want a much more lax immigration policy in the US? And how should we handle low-skilled immigration given the possibility of mass technological unemployment in the future? We speak to Bryan Caplan, who has literally written the book on these issues.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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Inequality is exploding, except that it might not be

Too much of the current political environment is driven by the idea that inequality signals “late capitalism” and the end of the American Dream. But even if minds are hard to change, perhaps strong evidence can at least make certain beliefs less strongly held.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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Five decades of federal program expansions for low-income children

By 2018, 61 percent of total federal spending on children benefited low-income children compared to only 15 percent in 1960. This growth in spending was primarily the result of program expansions making more children eligible for federal supports, as well as reforms that increased participation in federal programs among eligible children.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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Is the opioid crisis mainly a story of ‘late capitalism’ or something more complicated?

The opioid crisis is a powerful weapon wielded by the “late capitalism” crowd. But new research suggests that the problem may not be one of demand, but supply.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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An alternative view of high crimes and misdemeanors

One often-overlooked possibility is that the terminology of “high crimes and misdemeanors” would’ve made sense to the Framers in context, because they had a lawyer’s understanding of the phrase.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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Gathering for prison reform

The recent American Conservative Union Foundation’s first-ever Prison CPAC took great strides in bipartisan prison reform measures, starting with ways to allow the incarcerated to get a degree while serving their sentence.

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
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Back to a nationalized broadband future in Britain?

Competition in technology and ownership matters, especially in a 5G world. The Labour party’s British Broadband plan would widen the gap between the UK and the leading countries in mobile technology.

Blog Post
November 29, 2019
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Open borders: A long-read Q&A with Bryan Caplan

According to George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan, both the United States and the rest of the world would benefit greatly if they opened their borders and allowed anyone in the world to live and work wherever they choose.

Blog Post
November 27, 2019
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5 questions for Enrico Moretti on innovation and cities

Enrico Moretti talks about why innovative businesses tend to “cluster” together in the same cities, and how this has affected jobs in America over the long term. He also touches on what this means for the left-behind areas of the nation.

Economics

Blog Post
December 02, 2019
AEIdeas

Five decades of federal program expansions for low-income children

By 2018, 61 percent of total federal spending on children benefited low-income children compared to only 15 percent in 1960. This growth in spending was primarily the result of program expansions making more children eligible for federal supports, as well as reforms that increased participation in federal programs among eligible children.

Blog Post
November 29, 2019
AEIdeas

Open borders: A long-read Q&A with Bryan Caplan

According to George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan, both the United States and the rest of the world would benefit greatly if they opened their borders and allowed anyone in the world to live and work wherever they choose.

Blog Post
November 27, 2019
AEIdeas

5 questions for Enrico Moretti on innovation and cities

Enrico Moretti talks about why innovative businesses tend to “cluster” together in the same cities, and how this has affected jobs in America over the long term. He also touches on what this means for the left-behind areas of the nation.

Blog Post
November 26, 2019
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Here’s how defense R&D affects US productivity growth

It’s not a natural impulse for politicians to highlight tradeoffs. So when we hear Democratic presidential candidates talk about slashing defense spending on the R&D side, it’s worth asking, “But what do we get for our money?”

Blog Post
November 26, 2019
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Trade, Democrats, and labor unions: ‘Clear it with Sidney’

While the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement didn’t get through this fall, both sides continued to express optimism. But that could change. Enter Richard Trumka, the labor leader who has been calling for these negotiations between politicians and regulators to slow down.

Blog Post
November 26, 2019
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One reason why UI benefit payments remain low: The lingering effects of Obama-era stimulus policies

We expect lower unemployment check collection rates in a strong economy. But the drop is greater than today’s low unemployment rates would predict, and some observers point to state changes curtailing benefits as a factor. They’re probably right. But the more interesting story is why states made those changes, especially reducing maximum weeks of unemployment checks.

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Foreign and Defense Policy

Blog Post
November 06, 2019
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The puzzle of European posture

It’s hard to know which actions really represent Trump’s strategy and which the president’s Twitter-verse. The US Armed Forces’ exercises and the creeping posture growth in Europe could have slipped past the president, or it could show the continued US interest in the European balance of powers.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
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America’s strategic interest in New START

New START is a crucial stopgap to prevent Russia from pulling ahead in the arms race.

Blog Post
October 31, 2019
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With or without Baghdadi, Salafi-jihadis are winning the governance game

The US military and intelligence community is doubtlessly already working to find and eliminate this latest terror overlord taking Baghdadi’s place. This leadership roulette distracts from the unfortunate reality: Baghdadi’s organization and others like it are thriving.

Blog Post
October 29, 2019
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Congratulations, Baghdadi is dead. But we’re no closer to victory in the ‘forever war.’

The US must go beyond pure counterterrorism and prevention strategies and reframe its approach. Only then will the US defeat the likes of al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Blog Post
October 28, 2019
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Act like you’ve been there before

It is important to have settled a score with the evil ISIS “caliph.” But, in a region that has mistaken score-settling for justice, it can only have a transitory effect – and even that is diminished by the president’s boasts.

Blog Post
October 25, 2019
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Evo Morales: Bolivia’s ‘President-for-Life’?

Bolivia could be spiraling toward outright dictatorship or a bloody conflict, as leftist firebrand Evo Morales claims an unconstitutional fourth term in office by stealing last Sunday’s election.

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Tech Policy

Blog Post
November 25, 2019
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How AI is like that other general purpose technology, electricity

We already know from experience that it can take considerable time to fully understand and harness new technologies so that measured productivity increases. Perhaps we are in the midst of a similar situation right now.

Blog Post
November 25, 2019
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Health data goes to Google: How society digests risks and rewards

While the recent publication of Google’s partnership with health care provider Ascension caused a stir over potential medical privacy issues, extensive regulation of health care data sharing already exists. But a system that gives patients more control, directly over their data or via diverse markets and common law remedies, would be better.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
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If the rate of scientific progress is slowing, America must step up its game

Today, there’s no doubt that continuing technological breakthroughs, invention, and innovation — and thus long-term economic growth — depend on scientific insights. It would sure be worrisome if the rate of discovery slowed.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
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The Wall Street Journal’s study of Google search bias appears to be biased

Social media companies are caught in an intensely political moment, making it important that journalists be careful not to characterize reasonable business practices as nefarious.

Blog Post
November 22, 2019
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Tech hubs and the labor market: A long-read Q&A with Enrico Moretti

Enrico Moretti talks to us about the effects of housing policy, rent prices, and geographical factors play into what cities make it big in the tech industry, and which areas fall behind.

Blog Post
November 21, 2019
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Zero-sum thinking is no way to compete with China’s tech progress

America doesn’t need more zero-sum thinking. That cramped mindset already infects US trade policy. Keep it away from technology. Unfortunately, dark-house Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang too often suggests a “you win, I lose” perspective.

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