May 4, 2012
The Washington Post presents Romney’s challenging path to victory.
David Brooks writes about online education.
Laura Tyson opines on corporate taxation.
May 3, 2012
The New York Times’ Room for Debate section asks if we will soon be in a Cold War with China.
Chen Guangcheng now wants to leave China with Secretary Clinton.
Dani Rodrik writes about ideas over interests in policymaking.
The Economist’s Free Exchange article has long post about fixing pensions.
Also from Free Exchange is a post about different types of bank deleveraging.
May 2, 2012
Jake sent me an article by Jennifer Rubin yesterday discussing Richard Grenell’s decision to leave the Romney campaign.
Another friend (we’ll call him “The Jedi”) sent me an Atlantic article on poverty with lots of graphs (see example above).
Tom Friedman recommends we send education rather than arsenals to help the Middle East.
This book, profiled in the New York Times, will be interesting let’s say.
Here’s an interesting Economist story on a country you don’t hear much about, Malawi.
May 1, 2012
David Brooks describes this campaign season as a war between candidates.
Martin Feldstein suggests that the economy may become more of a liability for President Obama as the campaign continues.
The Economist this controversially attacked François Hollande, the French socialist, as a dangerous likely president of France for his economic stances.
Brad DeLong criticizes monetarists.
Adam Ozimek comments on variable rate student loans versus ARMs.
April 30, 2012
The New York Times bios Paul Ryan with its lead article today.
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein say that most of the political disfunction in this country is directly connected to Republicans.
Robert Samuelson believes that political leaders do not lead.
Tyler Cowen explains the benefit of a “super-duper fiscal policy” at improving growth.
The Economist just concluded a debate on the impact of Chinese military growth.
April 24, 2012
Joschka Fischer writes at Project Syndicate about the Chinese worldview.
The Washington Post looks at the advantages of being related to Chinese party and government officials.
David Brooks relays some of Peter Thiel’s observations on competition and creativity.
Edward Glaeser explains the importance of economic diversity in urban areas.
Ross Douthat finishes out a series at Slate on religion and secularism.
April 23, 2012
The New York Times suggests that the Obama-Romney campaign season could lead to a budget compromise.
Simon Johnson believes the CBO should score candidates’ budget proposals.
Based on some Ezra Klein Twitter polling, Business Insider has a list of nine economic indicators to follow.
John Huntsman is back in the news for criticizing the GOP.
This story of a faux society man from The New York Times feels more like fiction than reality, I highly recommend reading it.
April 20, 2012
Tom Davis believes the GOP’s center still exists.
Davis Brooks suggests some testing models for colleges.
Annie Lowrey writes about the slowing recovery.
April 19, 2012
The title refers to my earlier post on the tax code.
Will Wilkinson, writing for The Economist‘s Democracy in America blog, finds a way to accept the Stevenson-Wolfers policy proposal while still arguing that tax dollars belong to individuals first (something I recently tried to articulate).
E.J. Dionne is skeptical of the “stay-at-home” option for most parents.
George Will critiques a judge’s argument that SCOTUS decisions should be dictated by the mood of the country.
Alex Tabarrok is astounded by the cost of a fair trial.
Mitt Romney is being aided by polls showing increased economic wariness by voters.
April 18, 2012
Will Wilkinson looks at Rawlsian liberties and market rights.
Megan Garber believes cash and credit are on their way out.
Politico writes about GOP infighting over tax cuts.
Tom Friedman wants Michael Bloomberg to run for President.
The Economist claims humanity evolved to exercise.
April 17, 2012
David Brooks explains how the Obama White House explains its budget.
The Senate defeated the proposed “Buffett rule.”
Jim Yong Kim will be the next World Bank President.
Leonard Burman admires the goal of the Buffett rule.
Karl Smith offers responses to a balance sheet recession.
April 16, 2012
David Leonhardt explains the necessity of tax reform in the New York Times.
The Economist‘s Buttonwood’s Blog examines the ongoing economics vs. history rivalry when it comes to defining world events through an academic lens.
Karl Smith explores employment in the hospitality and leisure sector.
Suzy Khimm asks why bureaucrats go wild.
Will Wilkinson discusses his political labels.
April 10, 2012
Reihan Salam describes the Ryan and Obama budgets as two conflicting visions of the future.
David Brooks, responding to Tyler Cowen’s recent article on economic dynamism, argues that the left and right have different economic priorities.
E21 looks at the challenges in measuring inequality.
The Economist recounts recent attempts to measure happiness.
The Free Exchange blog at The Economist looks at a proposal for students to pay tuition based on future earnings.
April 9, 2012
This E21 editorial describes “the paradox of taxing the rich.”
Paul Krugman doesn’t see Paul Ryan as anywhere close to a centerist.
Matthew O’Brien, in The Atlantic, looks at the data behind the decrease in labor force participation.
Econbrowser looks at an array of data points to gauge the overall health of the economy.
Chris Cillizza argues that “Big” is bad and populism rules the day in politics.
April 6, 2012
David Brooks writes about the campaign-oriented, attacking side of President Obama.
Will Wilkinson points out that this is an ill advised attack.
Speaking of “Social Darwinism,” Damon Root wrote in Reason in 2008 about the ideas origins – thanks to Reihan Salam for the pointer.
Ryan Avent wonders what Europe has accomplished in its austerity.
The Economist this week leads with the rise of China’s military.
April 5, 2012
Scott Sumner writes a “General Theory of Monetary Policy” (this is very wonkish).
Writing for Megan McArdle at The Atlantic, Adam Ozimek discusses artificial intelligence.
Reihan Salam discusses the “government-centered society” comment Romney made.
The New York Times has a Room for Debate section on the future of U.S. currency.
Will Wilkinson, continuing his trend of looking at psychology and politics, examines empathy between and among political groups.
April 4, 2012
Politico has five takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries.
Jonathan Martin discusses the upcoming battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Richard Salsman argues that healthcare is not a right.
Will Wilkinson explains the psychology of conservative thinking.
Ryan Avent, writing for The Economist‘s Free Exchange blog, discusses sticky wages.
April 3, 2012
Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff explain the challenges in defining a recovery.
Edward Lazear writes that this is the worst recovery in history.
Mohamed El-Erian outlines the challenges still facing an American recovery.
Brad Delong says the U.S. has long-term growth issues that are very perilous.
Ezra Klein believes that Paul Ryan betrays himself with his budget.
April 2, 2012
Charles Wyplosz writes about Bloomberg about a Euro that isn’t collapsing.
Megan McArdle is concerned about Europe’s lack of workers.
E.J. Dionne would like the GOP to shift back to the middle.
James Grant at the Wall Street Journal calls for capitalism.
Politico outlines the four most-likely scenarios for the post-SCOTUS future of the healthcare law.
March 30, 2012
David Brooks writes today about a promising moderate Republican in San Diego.
Joe Scarborough believes the GOP is not being conservative enough.
Michael Gerson writes about the actual (present) direction of the Republican Party as it is guided by the Ryan Budget.
March 29, 2012
Caroline Baum at Bloomberg offers four important data points related to the debt.
The House defeated the moderate budget compromise amendment offered this week.
Ryan Avent writes about Britain’s recovery (or lack thereof) for The Economist‘s Free Exchange blog.
From a Tyler Cowen pointer, this article discusses income level and education success as a causal relationship.
This recaps an MIT panel on inequality (includes a video of the talk).
March 28, 2012
The Economist offers a guide to the ACA case.
The Washington Post looks at the expansion of Medicaid within ACA.
The Financial Times talks about the persistence of the Euro.
Harold Meyerson writes about inequality.
Reihan Salam considers the VAT.
March 27, 2012
Edward Glaeser suggests training smart innovators (among other things) to encourage growth.
Andrew Pavelyev offers an alternative to the individual mandate in healthcare.
The Economist reports that the European Commission is flirting with protectionism.
March 26, 2012
The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the constitutionality of healthcare reform today.
Lawrence Summers discusses some of the factors threatening recovery.
Karl Smith digs deeper into sectoral employment and growth behavior (graph heavy).
The Economist surveys the economic literature on inequality as a cause for economic crises.
Peter Wehner and Robert Beschel respond to the issue of inequality.
March 23, 2012
David Brooks profiles a very unique school in his column today.
The Economist‘s Free Exchange blog is great this week:
One post discussed savings,
another post explored doubled blind tests in economics experiments,
and this and this post continued an ongoing discussion on the nature of the output gap.
March 21, 2012
Politico has five takeaways from the Illinois primary.
Dana Milbank believes Paul Ryan is robbing the poor to pay the rich.
Larry Kudlow reacts more positively to the Ryan budget.
The Financial Times‘ Lex Column recommends an alternative to dividends for Apple.
Ryan Avent at the Free Exchange blog for The Economist writes about the economics of economics blogging.
March 20, 2012
The Washington Post describes what the House GOP’s budget plan will likely look like.
Paul Ryan describes his budget goals in the Wall Street Journal.
David Brooks thinks about the source of good and bad.
The Economist outlines Apple’s plans to pay a dividend.
According to the Washington Post, there is doubt from some economists as to whether manufacturing has improved productivity.
March 19, 2012
Jonah Goldberg writes about voter ID in The Daily.
The Free Exchange blog at The Economist suggests that there may be a new normal for economic growth.
Ryan Avent, another writer at Free Exchange, disagrees with his colleague’s assessment of growth.
Robert Samuelson argues for a long-term view of the causes of the economic crisis.
In The New Yorker, John Cassidy describes the challenges faced by President Obama in confronting the financial crisis.
March 16, 2012
David Brooks writes about a less audacious President Obama.
Robert Samuelson examines IPOs and regulation.
Martin Wolf explains why quantitative easing is a necessity.
The Economist wonders if the recovery is finally here.
March 15, 2012
George Will looks at public sector unions.
Fareed Zakaria calls for deterrence regarding Iran.
Diana Furchtgott-Roth believes American economic mobility is fine
Raghuram Rajan examines pre-crisis inequality and democracy.
The Economist reports (as do many other outlets) that a major Chinese official has been replaced at his post in a party shakeup.
March 14, 2012
Rick Santorum wins the Alabama and Mississippi primaries.
Politico offers five takeaways from last nights primaries.
Thomas Friedman reviews Power, Inc. by David Rothkopf.
Ruth Marcus is already thinking about the 2016 primaries.
Fifteen of America’s nineteen largest financial institutions passed a stress test reports the Financial Times.
March 13, 2012
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron have penned a joint op-ed about U.S.-U.K. relations.
David Brooks looks at birth rates and workforce aging.
Barry Eichengreen argues that Europe’s real deficit is one of trust.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry re-imagines bank regulation, or a lack thereof.
Joseph Stiglitz believes an improved jobs market (at least one similar to pre-crisis levels) is unlikely in the near future.
March 12, 2012
The Washington Post examines the relationship between the President’s approval and gas prices.
Robert Samuelson compares the U.S. to Japan.
The Free Exchange blog at The Economist discusses tax expenditures.
Robert Frank writes about tuition, jobs, and professor salaries.
The Economist considers innovation in China.
March 9, 2012
Ezra Klein looks at how genetic technology will impact the insurance industry.
Will Wilkinson writes about inequality and the recovery.
David Brooks considers free will and baseball.
March 8, 2012
Charles Murray proposes ways to close the class divide.
In February Miles Corak looked at Murray’s ideas for solution.
Dana Milbank criticizes the GOP for fudging facts about fuel.
Politico points out that the Senate Finance Committee could become less centrist after 2012.
Alex Tabarrok writes about education.
March 7, 2012
Politico has “5 Takeaways” from Super Tuesday.
Bruce Bartlett explains why presidential campaign promises do not matter.
Tyler Cowen writes about state and local government spending.
Karl Smith responds to Tyler Cowen.
Harold James believes that Alexander Hamilton’s ideas in the early years of America should be inspiration for Europe today.
March 6, 2012
Robert Shiller writes about morality and finance. (Part 1 of the series is here.)
David Brooks gives an overview of James Q. Wilson’s thoughts on morality, decency, and stable society.
Mitt Romney outlines his foreign policy stances towards Iran.
Politico gives a ten-item list of things to watch on Super Tuesday.
Jason Collins writes about immigration and IQ.
March 5, 2012
The Economist reports a bit of good economic news for the world.
Joel Klein challenges the presidential candidates to prioritize education.
Robert Samuelson considers the impact of budget sequestration on defense.
Matt Yglesias looks at e-commerce in the recovery.
Karl Smith responds to the Yglesias post.
March 1, 2012
Karl Smith asks if America is housing rich or housing poor.
Reihan Salam interviews Sean Trende from RealClearPolitics on the future of the GOP.
Recently I posted about some writings at The Economist on taxing capital, here are three more:
First, Tom Gallagher looks at the connection between tax reform and deficit reduction.
Next, David Li wants to tax gains like regular income.
Finally, Gilles Saint-Paul suggests no capital gains taxation.
February 29, 2012
Mitt Romney secured wins in the Arizona and Michigan primaries yesterday.
The Life’s Little Mysteries blog has a post asking if people are smart enough for democracy. (thanks to someone from Twitter for sharing this who I am currency forgetting)
Tyler Cowen responds to recent research that suggests the upper class is particularly nefarious in its actions.
Karl Smith has some commentary on the recent Romer paper that looks at the implications of tax rate changes.
Dennis Sanders at Big Tent Revue gives his take on the Brooks column from yesterday.
February 28, 2012
David Brooks’ column today urges the Republican Party’s leadership to actually lead.
Jeffrey Sachs makes a case for a different kind of World Bank President, and I think he might be making a case for himself in the process.
The Economist‘s Free Exchange blog looks at current inflation versus expected inflation in Fed policymaking.
Rick Santorum’s special mix of politics and religion disturbs Richard Cohen.
Karl Smith takes a look at how 20 somethings moving back home has impacted growth.
February 27, 2012
Lawrence Summers writes about tax policy in the Financial Times.
This blogpost looks at how inequality persists in society. (Thanks to Tim Harford for the pointer via Twitter.)
Gavyn Davies at the Financial Times looks at Bernanke’s continuum of monetary policy options.
The Atlantic looks at five ways to make college more affordable.
Robert Shiller discusses evidence that higher-IQs make better investors.
February 24, 2012
David Brooks writes about the fact that both President Obama and Governor Romney are presenting tax plans that put the country on a better track regarding taxation.
The Economist‘s Lexington column looks at the state of the GOP race.
Politico has an interesting story on an intra-GOP culture war in Arizona…
and another cultural issue in Indiana.
Reihan Salam has a good book review/essay in Foreign Affairs looking at the last half century or so of moderate Republicans.
February 23, 2012
With the exception of Ron Paul, the Washington Post reports that the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget will release a report today showing huge debt increases under the proposals of the other three GOP candidates.
In the Financial Times, Robert Pozen proposes a solution to repatriating corporate profits for taxation.
The Free Exchange blog at The Economist looks at the President’s corporate tax plan as well.
Karl Smith is waiting for the economy to kick into a self-feeding cycle.
FT Alphaville looks at jobless claims, revisions and seasonality.
February 22, 2012
President Obama released a plan today aimed at lowering corporate tax rates and eliminating loopholes.
Scott Sumner takes a hard look at the multiplier effect.
Howard Davies wonders if financial markets could use a little less grease and a little more sand in the wheels.
Peter Orszag looks at recessions and life expectancy.
Gordon Brown expresses concerns about Europe’s future under austerity and slow growth.
February 21, 2012
The Economist reports the details of what is hopefully the solution for Greece.
Russ Roberts at Cafe Hayek argues against the idea of a “Great Stagnation.”
The Economist‘s daughter publication, Intelligent Life, has a very interesting article on neuroscience and free will.
David Brooks reviews and reacts to Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg.
Physicists are now one step closer to a quantum computer.
February 17, 2012
Barry Schwartz discussed Bain Capital, capitalism, and efficiency (though not asymmetric information) in the New York Times.
Eswar Prasad at Vox EU believes the Renminbi will be a reserve currency within a decade.
The New York Times notes a lack of appreciation for the Renminbi’s appreciation.
Will Wilkinson, on The Economist‘s Democracy in America blog, looks at America’s social safety net and the populace’s thoughts on dependency.
One of this week’s lead articles in The Economist looks at America’s regulatory burden.
February 16, 2012
The final payroll tax and UI bill seems to be done reports the Washington Post.
Krugman argues against any form of structural unemployment.
George Packer at the New Yorker responds to Coming Apart by Charles Murray.
Six House Dems. are proposing a bill to regulate profits of oil companies that includes a “reasonable profits board” – thanks to Tyler Cowen for the pointer.
Bryan Caplan and Will Wilkinson have both tweeted old writings to rehash the liberal/libertarian/liberaltarian debate.
February 15, 2012
Peter Orszag offers five components of future growth and deficit control.
China has refused to allow America’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom to visit.
Glenn Hubbard writes in the Financial Times about “innovation, investment, and inclusion.”
Edward Glaesar suggests seven regulatory/legal changes that would improve American infrastructure.
Dani Rodrik discusses the state of the nation-state.
February 14, 2012
David Brooks believes social forces have been playing a very significant role in undermining socioeconomic cohesion.
According to the Washington Post, GOP House leaders appear poised to pass a payroll tax cut extension through the end of 2012 without matching cuts in spending.
The Sunday New York Times looked at the explosion of jobs requiring a good understanding of data.
Niall Ferguson thinks that Peter Thiel is smarter than the rest of us – including Niall himself.
Tyler Cowen examines the GDP gap in Greece, its causes, and how it differs from the United States.
February 13, 2012
Tyler Cowen writes in the New York Times that, rather than breaking up large banks, increasing the relative amount of shareholder liability may be a better practice.
Karl Smith posts about “Reason, GDP, and Capital,” in this interesting post (in the process he mentions my neighborhood in Raleigh, NC).
Edward Luce looks at the factors inhibiting a strong U.S. recovery in the Financial Times.
The Economist discusses Swiss Banking Secrecy and the alternatives for getting some of the owed taxes being sheltered there.
E.J. Dionne opines on the intra-Catholic culture war.
February 10, 2012
This MIT News article talks about Scott Stern’s research in the economics of science.
Similarly, The Economist examines the trend by some scientists to shun major journals.
The New York Times looks at the education gap by socioeconomic class.
February 9, 2012
Blake Hurst, in The American, discusses the role of tax policy in cash generation for business owners.
Not too long ago I posted about the “Great Gatsby Curve”; this week Jim Manzi has made a very good statistical observation on that topic.
Ezra Klein compares the moderateness of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
The Economist‘s “Democracy in America” blog commentates on the Charles Murray/mobility/class debate, which I commented on yesterday.
E.J. Dionne writes about pessimism in politics.
February 8, 2012
In a recent ECB speech, Benoit Cœuré gave a straightforward Keynesian liquidity trap description of the financial crisis.
Ken Rogoff says that capitalism’s future is inseparably connected to education.
Peter Orszag believes that Congress should implement more automatic stabilizers to deal with future recessions, crises, etc..
Nick Shulz argues that defense austerity will also hurt technological development.
Ian Baruma opines on a multipolar world.
February 7, 2012
According to Scott Winship in the New Republic, the middle class is doing just fine.
Robert Reich argues that the middle class is instead dropping into poverty.
Ezra Klein argues that Barack Obama is the most polarizing moderate president ever.
Laura Tyson takes a Keynesian view of America’s jobs, investments, and fiscal deficits.
David Brooks is “demoralized” by two recent Obama Administration decisions as it relates to fighting poverty.
February 6, 2012
Will Wilkinson reacts to advances in neuroscience that could, he believes, lead to arguments for genetic/”brain-based” regulation.
Robert Samuelson examines the state of the global economic paradigm.
Similarly, Phillip Coggan believes China will shape the next Bretton Woods agreements.
E.J. Dionne argues that Citizens United has been a catastrophe.
The Economist interviewed Daniel Kahneman who also provided some great reading suggestions.
February 3, 2012
The Washington Post reports 243,000 jobs were added in January.
February 2, 2012
As today’s title suggest, Francis Fukuyama has written an interesting piece on governance.
Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution recently linked an interesting Kaufman survey of economics bloggers.
The Economist this week has an interesting blog on urban planning.
Fareed Zakaria educates Mitt Romney in a Washington Post open letter on what a “Post-American World” actually means.