Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax Plan

Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax PlanRepublicans in Congress recently released more details of their tax plan, which they say would boost economic growth and lower the burden on middle-income households. They hope to pass a bill into law by Christmas.

The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration

The Economic Effects Of Restricting ImmigrationThe issue of immigration – and whether or not to restrict it – is hotly debated. Promising stricter immigration laws was an important pillar of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?I struggle with neoliberalism – as a problematic economic system we might want to change – and as an analytical term people increasingly use to describe that system.

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhone

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhoneThe latest iPhone is going on pre-sale today for the eye-watering price of around A$1,800 for 256GB (approx $1400 US). But who on earth would pay that, and why is Apple charging so much? The answer comes down to behavioral economics.

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On Food

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On FoodSo far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?Most Americans with jobs work “at-will”: Either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or none at all. Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship and vice versa.

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They Know

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They KnowEvery year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests. These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure.

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

Why Poverty Is A Reflection Of Society

As the Senate prepares to modify its version of the health care bill, now is a good time to back up and examine why we as a nation are so divided about providing health care, especially to the poor.

Why A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Would Result In More Deaths. Period.

A Complete Repeal Of The ACA Will Result In More Deaths. Period.I was beyond frustrated. I felt extremely hopeless. I believed that I had zero options, despite the fact that I could no longer remain in the same physical or mental state. My bills had piled up so much I was about to get evicted. I had to do something. I got into my uninsured car and drove myself back to the E.R.

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?With the passage of the Republicans’ health care act, the House of Representatives seems to be saying that coming up with a plan to insure Americans really wasn’t all that hard after all.

Is Charter School Fraud The Next Enron?

charter schools 5 1In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors lost billions. The Conversation

How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

How Innovation Can Fight Off InequalityInequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth

Why Americans Have Chosen To Pay Income Tax

Why Americans Have Chosen To Pay Income TaxWe can be forgiven, especially this time of year, for questioning a decision our predecessors made just over a century ago. In the 1910s, Americans decided to make personal and corporate income taxes a permanent feature of the US economy. The Conversation

Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute.

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers. The Conversation

America's Broadband Market Needs More Competition

America's Broadband Market Needs More CompetitionThe United States is home to some of the most creative people and businesses on the planet. Our filmmakers, artists, software engineers and scientists entertain the world and expand the boundaries of human knowledge.

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