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Good News from Africa

By Peter A. Coclanis

The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Essays

  • The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected

    The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected

    Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle ...

    As the summer of 1914 closed and World War I entered its third month, the British Royal Navy held a virtually unchallenged command of the seas, daring the German High Seas Fleet of Kaiser Wilhelm to ...

  • Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

    Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

    Congress should give permission for private colleges to cooperate in cutting their tuition. It’s hard to see who would ...

    Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least ...

  • Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces

    Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces

    Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk relearning the lessons ...

    Today, special operations forces are arguably more valued than at any point in U.S. history, and their responsibilities are increasing. But as defense spending is cut and as SOF cooperate more ...

  • Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses

    Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses

    Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.

    As another Labor Day fades away along with the summer, American workers — and their employers — have at least one thing to be thankful for: the growing prevalence of telecommuting. The ...

  • Closing the Racial Gap in Education

    Closing the Racial Gap in Education

    The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower socioeconomic background and ...

    In the late 1990s the black residents of Shaker Heights, Ohio, an affluent Cleveland suburb, invited John Ogbu, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, to examine the ...

  • The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

    The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

    The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.

    While waiting in line at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C., the other night, I eavesdropped on two thirty-something store employees discussing the $15 minimum wage that recently took effect ...

  • The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities

    The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities

    Prospects for the humanities can be more promising than ever.

    As a devout contrarian I have high hopes for the humanities in America. Seldom have doomsayers of all persuasions been so unanimous. Already this month, two leading magazines have covers with art ...

  • A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs

    A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs

    The link between the balance of payments, GDP, and jobs is not as Paul Krugman and others assume.

    In the game of telephone, a word or sentence becomes unrecognizable if enough people repeat it, especially when people are not trying hard to get it right. In the New York Times last week, Jared ...

  • The Truth, Probably

    The Truth, Probably

    We will never attain certainty about our concerns, but with care and luck we approach it by increments. Above all, we ...

    In 1974 the philosopher Thomas Nagel published a journal article titled “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” that has continued to provoke discussion about the nature of consciousness. Part of ...

  • ‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’

    ‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’

    Learning from the crises you’ve forgotten.

    How good is the human group mind at financial memory? Pretty bad. For example, consider this really striking bit of history: “The then Federal Reserve Chairman made a phone call to the Bank of ...

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