Spend Smarter on R&D Before Spending More
Brad Plumer of Vox is worried about the fact that large corporations are investing fewer resources in basic research, and then he frets about declining federal spending on research and development:
I’ve written before about the coming decline in ...
Defending the On-Demand Economy, Part I
Haven’t we said everything that can be said about Uber and Lyft? I’m as enthusiastic about the newish ridesharing services as your next champion of the market economy. But after debating their virtues for some time now, I ...
How Both Sides of the Aisle Have Been Hypocritical on Government Accounting
During the Social Security debates of the late 1990s and early 2000s, some conservatives argued that investing the trust fund (or letting individuals invest their payroll taxes) in stocks would generate a “free lunch” — much greater retirement savings at seemingly ...
The Great Suburbia Debate
Are conservatives turning on the suburbs? Joel Kotkin, the prolific author and executive editor of The New Geography, an excellent resource for students of urbanism, warns that anti-suburban sentiment, which has ...
The Case Against a Maximum Wage
You’re no doubt familiar with the minimum wage debate. Advocates of an increased minimum wage on the left argue that a higher wage floor is essentially a free lunch that will raise low-end household incomes and reduce turnover. Opponents ...
Boston Fed Paper Gives Bitcoin-as-Payment-System a Thumbs-Up
In this space, I’ve been following the evolution of the digital currency bitcoin, which has gotten big enough to merit an academic paper on it from two economists affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, essentially asking whether ...
How Avikcare Would Fix Medicaid
Medicaid is a mess, and a very expensive one at that — the health-insurance program for low-income Americans is administered by states but has dozens of federal mandates and rules that drive up Medicaid costs. In response, the states cook up ...
Tesla and the Interstate Subsidy Chase
The Wall Street Journal has published an outstanding editorial on the success of Tesla, the boutique manufacturer of high-end electric automobiles, in extracting $1.3 billion in tax subsidies from Nevada for its new $5 billion ”Gigafactory,” to be built in Reno. Much ...
Guide to the Senate Races, Louisiana Edition: Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) v. Mary Landrieu (D)
Though Louisiana is generally considered a Republican state for purposes of presidential elections, its politics are famously idiosyncratic, with power alternating between candidates who identify as reformers or populists, tendencies which can be found in both parties in Louisiana. Rep. ...
Remember the Second-Order Consequences of Legislation (and a Less-Conservative Lesson)
That, of course, won’t be an unfamiliar lesson for many right-of-center policy types, or conservatives in general, but it’s always one worth bearing in mind nonetheless, because sometimes there are things we can do about it. It came ...
Guide to the 2014 Senate Midterms
There’s a lot of speculation about the chances of Republicans taking the Senate in the November 4 midterm elections. In The New Yorker, John Cassidy recently lamented:
Just in case you haven’t you haven’t had enough bad news, ...
Common Core Validation Committee Member: 'Nobody Thought There Was Sufficient Evidence' for the Standards
It’s all too common: The backers of a broad-based political movement claim their cause is steeped in evidence, but a perusal of the research reveals more hope than substance. The Common Core education standards are a good example. As ...
Scandinavia's 'Right-to-Work' Unionism
Though I often disagree with Justin Fox, I’m a fan of his writing. And so I was surprised by his recent discussion of Jake Rosenfeld’s new lament for organized labor’s decline, What Unions No Longer Do. I ...
How Many Public Employees Can We Afford?
In an interview with The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn, Richard Yeselson, a veteran of the labor movement and well-regarded policy intellectual, offers a mostly sanguine take on the role of public sector unions in American society. Public sector unions ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Should Tax Dollars Go to Training Doctors?
Should tax dollars go to training doctors?
At the Upshot, prominent health-care academic Uwe E. Reinhardt argues that, as an economic matter, new doctors shouldn’t be trained at the expense of taxpayers. The rational for publicly funded medical degrees ...
The Politics of Respectability and the Future of the Democratic Coalition
Successful political parties are successful for only so long. As a coalition grows more expansive and diverse, it also grows more fractious. This raises the risk that some important segment of the coalition might defect and, in a political system ...
The Evidence Behind Common Core Is Really Weak
The Common Core education standards are a massive effort intended to raise educational standards across the country. Untold hours and dollars have already been spent on their implementation, which is still proceeding in more than 40 states even as a few ...
Cities, Suburbs, and Families with Children: Preliminary Thoughts
Recently, Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post contrasted two strategies for U.S. cities looking to grow their populations, drawing on a 2001 report from the Brooking Institution focused on the future of the District of Columbia:
The report set out ...
Guide to the Senate Races, Michigan Edition: Rep. Gary Peters (D) v. Terri Lynn Land (R)
Michigan is generally considered a Democratic-leaning state, and it hasn’t elected a Republican senator since the defeat of Spencer Abraham. This year, however, the seat is considered at least somewhat competitive. The Democratic candidate, Rep. Peters, worked as a ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Congestion Is a Serious Economic Problem
Obama’s trying to persuade the elite establishment to support executive action on immigration.
Anna Palmer and Carrie Budoff Brown reported in Politico on the Obama administration seeking advice from and courting business leaders for coming executive actions on immigration. ...
Should We 'Tape Everything'?
Last week, I argued that on-duty police officers should be required to record their interactions with civilians with the aid of so-called “body cams” and, more controversially, that teachers should be recorded in the classroom. Though I lumped these two ...
The Case Against Crony Consumerism
The following is a guest post from Jay Weiser, associate professor of law at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.
Even as critics on the right and left unite against crony capitalism, crony consumerism continues to enjoy widespread support. ...
Today's Policy Agenda: School Autonomy Works
Why Republicans might need Avikcare.
For Politico, Jennifer Haberkorn looks at how changes on the ground are affecting the politics of Obamacare for Republicans. She writes:
Many House Republicans privately worry that unless they have the 218 votes needed to pass ...
Today's Policy Agenda: The Labor Market Is Getting Better, But Is It Still a Hireless Recovery?
The labor market keeps getting better — but is it still a hireless recovery?
Josh Mitchell reports in the Wall Street Journal on the newest jobs market indicator showing improvement: job openings. On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their ...
Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a friend of National Review, released a health-care-reform plan today that complements a range of options offered by conservatives so far to replace Obamacare. But Avik’s plan, as he ...
Towards the end of his review of Joseph V. Gulfo’s new book Innovation Breakdown, a harrowing first-hand account of how the FDA nearly killed a promising new medical technology, George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok references Europe’s approach ...
Immigration Reform Is Not the Key to the Latino Vote
Will GOP support for immigration reform convince low-income Latino voters to favor Republicans, who are skeptical about increasing redistribution, over Democrats, who are enthusiastic about doing so? Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at UCLA, discusses the Republican failure to win ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Consumers Choose Cheaper Health Care Providers if They See the Prices
Okay, so the Obama administration probably is going to do something about tax inversions.
Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin reports that the Treasury Department is considering taking a unilateral action to limit companies’ ability to use a tax-avoidance practice called inversion. ...
A Ryan Poverty Plan Skeptic: W.'s Faith-Based Organization Chief
Representative Paul Ryan’s Opportunity Grant proposal, party of the sweeping new anti-poverty plan he announced a couple weeks ago, may be equal parts policy solution and policy problem. The “OG” is essentially a block grant that would allow states ...
Today's Policy Update: Fewer Companies Are Starting, Brookings Thinks This Is a Big Problem
U.S. companies are getting older on average, a Brookings report finds, and they think it’s a problem.
In the Wall Street Journal, Asma Ghribi reports on a Brookings Institute report showing that the rate of new business growth ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Health Care Is Still the Talk of the Campaign Trail
Health care is still the talk of the campaign trail.
In a New York Times story this weekend by Jackie Calmes, she included this chart breaking down 2014 campaign ads by subject matter:
While Calmes focuses on the lack of emphasis ...
The Deep South and the Limits of Anti-Poverty Federalism
Among conservatives, there is a widespread conviction that state governments are better suited to running anti-poverty programs than the federal government. If anti-poverty programs did little more than cut checks to all households, irrespective of income or work participation, they ...
A Q&A with Robert Doar on Ryan's Poverty Plan
Editor’s Note: Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies and evaluates how free enterprise and improved federal policies and programs can reduce poverty and provide opportunities for vulnerable Americans. ...
The Differences Between Low-Income Households in Canada and the U.S.
Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg View contrasts the generosity of higher education subsidies for low-income students in the United States and Canada. Drawing on research published last year, he observes that “coming from a poor family makes you much less likely ...
How Good Was the GDP Report?
The Bureau of Economic Analysis Wednesday released its first estimate of GDP growth in the second quarter this morning, and the headline number is great: They reported a whopping 4 percent increase in GDP, one broad indicator of the overall health ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Hospitals Are Doing Pretty Nicely by Obamacare
Hospitals are seeing profits increase under Obamacare.
Some hospitals are making millions from new Obamacare patients. Christopher Weaver from the Wall Street Journal reports:
Universal Health Services Inc.’s revenue rose 10% for the second quarter compared with a year earlier. ...
The Federal Role in Legalizing Marijuana
This weekend, the New York Times called on the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana:
There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Mitch Daniels Is Fighting College Inflation
Mitch Daniels showing the way on higher-ed reform.
Former Indiana governor and now Purdue University president Mitch Daniels is providing a model for fighting college-tuition inflation and reforming the higher-education landscape, as Douglas Belkin reports in the Wall Street Journal:
The Opportunity Grant Is About Flexibility
Since Paul Ryan released his new anti-poverty proposal, much attention has focused on his call for allowing a number of states to experiment with Opportunity Grants, which would consolidate several different federal anti-poverty programs into a single funding stream. Much ...
Paternalism and the Ideal of Self-Support
Because I found Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan interesting and important, I wrote about in two separate columns, the first of which tried to place the plan in a larger political context and the second of which more specifically ...
How Paul Ryan Has Changed the Debate Over Poverty and the Minimum Wage
Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal is sprawling and ambitious, and it will take some time to unpack the many ideas contained within it. Callie Gable has written an able summary, I’ve offered some preliminary thoughts on how it ...
Here's What’s in Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan
Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is releasing a major document this morning laying out a conservative approach to reforming federal anti-poverty programs (he’s speaking on it this morning at the American Enterprise Institute). Not all ...
The Death of Australia's Carbon Tax
Speaking of robust and not-so-robust reforms, Australia has repealed its unpopular carbon tax. Though domestic carbon pricing mechanisms are popular among environmentally-minded economists, the case for it is much weaker than is commonly understood in wonk circles, as Oren Cass ...
Guess Which Ethnicity Knows the Most about Bitcoin? (And What It Says about the Future of Finance)
A poll from Morning Consult earlier this month is one of the first I’ve seen that’s asked a large sample of people about their knowledge of and attitudes toward Bitcoin — and a couple of its findings point toward ...
Competitive Federalism and Broadband Federalism
Support for federalism is not best understood as reflexive support for granting state governments the right to legislate in every domain. Competitive federalism, as Michael Greve argues in The Upside-Down Constitution, is first and foremost about protecting the interests of ...
If Halbig Stands, What Happens to Obamacare?
With the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision today that Obamacare, as written, doesn’t authorize the provision of subsidies on federal health-care exchanges — it just does so for those established by states — residents of 36 states may stop receiving insurance ...
Zachary Goldfarb of the Washington Post reports on an extremely encouraging development. Drawing on the work of Janet Currie, an economist at Princeton, and her collaborators, Goldfarb observes that across the United States, poor women are giving birth to healthier ...
It's Probably Not a Good Thing for Regulators to End Narrow-Network Plans
Plenty of Americans criticized the fact that health-insurance networks on Obamacare’s exchanges in 2014 were narrower than expected, but will they be happy if they’re regulated out of existence?
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how narrow-network plans ...
The Recent History of Medicare Competitive Bidding
In 2011, Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Ron Wyden, the Democratic senator from Oregon, backed an ambitious Medicare reform proposal, which bore a close resemblance to a proposal first introduced by the health economists Robert ...
What Fair-Value Accounting Means, and What It Doesn't
Fair-value accounting (FVA) has been featured a lot here on the Agenda, and it should be a plank in any “reform conservative” platform. In a nutshell, the government understates the cost of its credit programs by disregarding the market risk ...
The Minimum Wage Referendums
On Election Day, voters in four right-leaning states, Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, will weigh in on whether to raise their state-level minimum wages. The expectation is that these measures will succeed by wide margins. (There will also be ...
How David Cameron Became a Reform Conservative
American conservatives don’t have much respect for David Cameron, the British prime minister whom many see as a squish. But they should. Most of Cameron’s American admirers focus on his support for same-sex civil marriage and his seeming ...
No, Joni Ernst Is Not an Extremist on the Minimum Wage
To make his case that Joni Ernst, this year’s Republican U.S. Senate nominee, “exists on the radical edge of the Republican Party, with polarizing views on almost everything under the sun,” Jamelle Bouie, a Slate political columnist, draws ...
Government Accounting Deceptions Are Everywhere
The new issue of National Affairs features my article with Jason Delisle, “The Case for Fair-Value Accounting.” We go into a lot of detail about what fair-value accounting (FVA) is, why it’s needed, and how both parties have hypocritically ...
How Corporate Tax Reform Can Combat Crony Capitalism
Congressional Republicans are astonishingly unpopular, and they deserve to be astonishingly unpopular. Remarkably, three-fifths of self-identified Republicans disapprove of the job congressional Republicans are doing, which tells you something. The good news is that a small number of ...
Why Los Angeles Is Liberating Its Cabs
Something very unusual is happening in Los Angeles. Instead of fighting innovative new businesses in service to deep-pocketed incumbents, local taxi regulators are very tentatively moving towards deregulation. No, they’re not putting themselves out of business outright, but they’...
How Conservatives Can Win on Social Issues
On Monday, Jonathan Martin of the New York Times reported on how Democratic and Republican candidates have been adapting to a changing cultural landscape. Rising support for same-sex marriage, for example, has transformed what had been a wedge ...
Elizabeth Warren Is Still Deceiving People about Student Loans
Politico reports that Senator Elizabeth Warren’s student-loan “refinancing” bill, which suffered death-by-filibuster back in June, will be resurrected in the Senate as early as this week. The legislation would drop the interest rate students are paying on older loans ...
Guide to the Senate Races, Georgia Edition: David Perdue (R) v. Michelle Nunn (D)
Though Georgia is considered a relatively solid Republican state in presidential elections, its changing demographic composition has made it an increasingly attractive target for Democrats.
The Republican candidate, David Perdue, has been working as a businessman for 40 years, including roles ...
Recent College Graduates Are Still Adrift
In 2010, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa revealed in their book Academically Adrift that of the 2,300 undergraduates they had studied at a wide array of four-year colleges and universities, as many as a third demonstrated almost no progress at all in ...
Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge, a sweeping account of the American political scene from Richard Nixon’s 1972 reelection to the presidential campaign of 1976, when Ronald Reagan emerged as the Republican heir apparent, has occasioned two excellent reviews.
The first, ...
What If GDP Growth Remains Stubbornly Low?
Robert J. Gordon offers yet another pessimistic assessment of America’s future growth prospects in his latest NBER working paper. While the CBO projects that U.S. GDP will grow at an average annual rate of 2.2 percent over the next ...
Immigration and the Persistence of Social Status
Though the title of Gregory Clark’s new Foreign Affairs essay (“The American Dream Is an Illusion“) is regrettable — my guess is that it was written by an editor hostile to Clark’s argument — the essay itself is compelling and ...
The New CBO Report: Medicare Really Is Looking Better, But Not Good Enough
The Congressional Budget Office released their update to the Budget and Economic Outlook for the next decade Wednesday. Damian Paletta has a summary for the Wall Street Journal, but here are are three big takeaways for thinking about policy choices ...
Today's Policy Agenda, August 26: Study Says Globalization Is Harming U.S. Employment
Work itself is crucial for happiness.
For Arthur Brooks’ new site The Pursuit of Happiness, Andy Quinn examines the literature on unemployment and happiness:
Cristobal Young, a Stanford sociologist, has studied the non-pecuniary effects — that is, effects that aren’t ...
The Principle of Infrangibility and the White-on-White Murder Rate
Back in 1999, the Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson made the case for what he called “the principle of infrangibility”:
Some problems, of course, are characteristic of certain groups, the result of their peculiar history, socioeconomic environment and cultural adaptation to life ...
No, One Program Did Not Reduce Colorado's Teen Pregnancy Rate by 40 Percent
This month, a study was released finding that a Colorado state-government program to provide free contraception of all kinds for low-income women had reduced teen pregnancies and abortions in the state by an incredible amount. The Washington Post reported that ...
The Wrong Kind of Social Security Reform
Last week, Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute discussed the parlous state of Social Security’s finances (“CBO’s best guess is that the Social Security shortfall is roughly four times larger today than it was just six years ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Regulation Explains a Lot of the Variation in Price of Housing
Obamacare’s growing costs to businesses is bad for some workers and consumers.
Rove and Co. has a report on the results of the 2014 Empire State Manufacturing Survey and the Business Leaders Survey, conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
A Monetary Policy for the 21st Century
Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy at Brown and author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, and Eric Lonergan, a hedge fund manager and author of Money, have a provocative article in the new Foreign Affairs ...
Lane Kenworthy on Bettering the Lives of the Poor
Recently, I asked Lane Kenworthy, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Progress for the Poor (2011) and Social Democratic America (2013), to answer a few quick questions about what the United States can learn from ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Medicare Advantage May Be Worth It
Even a small percentage of kids not getting vaccinated could resurrect infectious diseases.
At FiveThirtyEight, Emily Oster shows why vaccination rates of 95 percent may not be enough to protect communities against some diseases. Oster reviewed National Immunization Survey results to ...
Today's Policy Agenda: The VA Is Doing a Lot More Private Referrals
The budget deficit is 24 percent lower, for now.
In the Wall Street Journal, Eric Morath reports on theTreasury Department’s monthly statement, which said that the total deficit incurred from October to July is 24 percent less that it was 2013 levels. ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Medicaid Is Expanding, Even in States That Didn't Expand Medicaid
Medicaid is expanding, even in states that didn’t expand Medicaid.
At the Upshot, Margot Sanger-Katz reports that nearly 1 million residents of states not expanding Medicaid under the ACA have signed up for Medicaid this year (versus the sign-up rates ...
The Threat of Health Care Market Consolidation
Private insurers often play the role of villain in health policy debates. But private insurers are at the mercy of medical providers, particularly those with a great deal of market power. If I’m a private insurer, I have little ...
A Better Immigration Compromise
One of the more striking aspects of the immigration reform debate is the simple, important fact about public opinion that it has largely ignored. President Obama and his allies often emphasize that though the Senate immigration bill has been backed ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Ex-Im Can't be Justified on Economic-Growth Grounds
The Export-Import Bank can’t be justified on economic growth grounds.
One of the most interesting policy debates of the summer has concerned the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank, the federal government’s credit agency that provides subsidized financing to ...
The Coming Private Transit Revolution
Politico’s Byron Tau and Kevin Robillard report that politicians, and particularly Republican politicians, are trying to associate themselves with Uber and other sharing services that have fought local regulators and incumbent industries to better meet the needs of consumers. ...
The Extraordinary Political Logic of 'Stealth Amnesty'
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post interviews John Sandweg, who served as acting general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security from 2012-2013, a period during which the Obama administration established its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ...
Deferred Action for Almost Everyone?
Yesterday, I wrote a post on Eric Posner’s reply to Ross Douthat on President Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration laws against large numbers of unauthorized immigrants. I realize now that I waded into this subject too hastily, as ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Some Floridians Are Going to See Huge Premium Increases
Some Floridians will see huge premium increases in 2015.
Kaiser’s Phil Galewitz reports that Florida Blue, the state’s largest heath insurer announced 17.6 percent average premium increase for exchange insurance plans:
Several factors related to the health law are driving ...
On Teacher Pay, Make Sure You're Getting a Good Deal
North Carolina is on the cusp of approving a new state budget that, among other things, raises teacher salaries by an average of 7 percent and reduces class sizes in kindergarten and the first grade, according to a report from Alan ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Families Are Taking on Less Debt to Pay for College
Families are relying less on loans to pay for college.
In the Wall Street Journal, Karen Damato reports on a Sallie Mae study that found American families took out fewer loans to pay for college last year. In 2014, families took ...
Development Restrictions Are About More Than the Poor Door
The news that a New York city luxury housing development has carved out a separate entrance (a “poor door”) for its affordable housing units has sparked outrage. The reason for this “poor door” is pretty straightforward. It is a byproduct ...
Today's Policy Update: Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis Are Fighting over Teacher Pay
Maine reinstates work requirements for food stamps.
Last week, Republican governor Paul LePage of Maine announced that his administration would not seek a waiver for food-stamp work requirements that most states have received since the start of the recession. Eric ...
The Cost of College Is Not the Same Thing as the Net Price of College
David Leonhardt argues that when the federal government focuses on the list prices colleges publish in their brochures, it paints a misleading picture of the cost of college. Instead, he suggests that we focus on the amount of money students ...
Ross Douthat and Ramesh Ponnuru both addressed the notion that the recent conservative enthusiasm for reforming government in the name of facilitating upward mobility is best understood as the return of compassionate conservatism. Ponnuru argues that while today’s GOP ...
Rand Paul's Popular Constitutionalism
Radley Balko of the Washington Post praises Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for introducing the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, legislation designed to protect citizens against abuses of civil asset forfeiture. Like Andrew Stuttaford, I’m also inclined to support ...
When we survey low-income households in the United States, we find that many of them fall into for relatively brief periods of time. Jamelle Bouie of Slate observes that almost one-third of U.S. households were poor for two or ...
The Revenge of the Badly Drafted Statute
I’ll say right now that I’m not a Halbig guy. That is, I’m more interested in building the substantive case for rolling back and replacing Obamacare than on teasing apart the statute. I have enormous respect for ...
Guest Post by Oren Cass: Paul Ryan and the Transformation of Anti-Poverty Policy
Editor’s note: In the following post, Oren Cass, Governor Mitt Romney’s Domestic Policy Director in the 2012 presidential campaign and author of “The Height of the Net,” a call for a new conservative approach to fighting poverty, addresses two ...
Stop Talking about Teacher Pay without Even Mentioning Pensions
Vox has a piece today discussing how little we supposedly pay teachers, noting that teachers’ salaries can often be lower than those of, say, auto-repair workers. In fairness, they’re working from a report from the Center for American Progress, ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Birth Rates Are Down Because Couples Can't Afford Parenthood
Paul Ryan is about to release a comprehensive, deficit-neutral anti-poverty proposal.
Paul Ryan is set to unveil a new plan for fighting poverty at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, and Zachary Goldfarb of the Washington Post has a sneak ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Whatever Happened to IPAB?
Americans are confused about the relationship between cost and quality in health care.
When the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans about the relationship between the cost and quality of health care, it found that nearly half ...
Why Reforms Need to Be Robust
In light of Callie Gable’s (excellent) post on the Halbig decision, I want to add one very minor thought: the battle over Obamacare reflects the scope of its ambition and the failure of the Obama administration to secure the ...
Overincarceration and Underincarceration
Emily Badger of Wonkblog reports on new findings from the Sentencing Project, a prison reform advocacy group, on crime trends in states that have seen substantial decreases in their prison population:
It’s important to note that crime has been ...
Sweden Has an Education Crisis, But It Wasn't Caused by School Choice
Editor’s Note: Tino Sanandaji, a National Review contributor, has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is currently a research fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm — we’ve invited him to weigh in ...
Surprise: Insurers Save Money When They Pay Doctors Based on Quality
A couple years ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance providers in dozens of states tried something innovative: Paying doctors more if they did a better job. Amazingly, it worked.
In 2013, $65 billion, about one dollar in five of the compensation BCBS ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Artur Davis Shows Republicans How to Talk and Think about Policy
Artur Davis is running for mayor and showing Republicans how to talk and think about policy.
Former Democratic congressman and Obama supporter turned speaker at the 2012 Republican convention Artur Davis has announced the creation of an exploratory committee for a ...
Today's Policy Agenda: Obamacare Isn't Driving the Cost Slowdown, Even the Times Admits
Without the Wind Production Tax Credit to prop it up, the wind-energy sector is collapsing.
For U.S. News and World Report, Alan Neuhauser looks at the wind-energy industry in the wake of losing their subsidy:
While more than 12,000 megawatts’ ...