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Big Data: Here to Stay, but with Caveats

By Edward Tenner

Criticism of big data is due to three paradoxes. For starters, it's ubiquitous but hard to define.

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Essays

  • Are Rising Health Care Costs Creating a Retirement Crisis?

    Are Rising Health Care Costs Creating a Retirement Crisis?

    Progressives are proposing expensive expansions of Social Security, but the retirement crisis is overblown.

    It’s almost taken for granted that Americans are dramatically undersaving for retirement. Some headline-generating studies claim that half of Americans will fall short of what they need; others ...

  • No Free Lunch for the ECB

    No Free Lunch for the ECB

    The IMF is urging the ECB to implement massive quantitative easing, but such a course of action is unlikely to promote ...

    Milton Friedman was fond of saying of economic policy choices that there was no such thing as a free lunch, meaning that an economic policy option that appears to offer an attractive choice in the ...

  • How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured?

    How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured?

    Our hodgepodge of efforts to help the uninsured have substantially reduced the incentive to buy coverage.

    In a recent survey, 48 percent of uninsured respondents did not plan on looking for information on the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, or had not heard about them. ...

  • Melodrama at the Met

    Melodrama at the Met

    The 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera is under threat from unions – and philanthropists.

    With emotions reaching Wagnerian proportions, the storied Metropolitan Opera has arrived at the penultimate act of its latest melodramatic production: contract negotiations with the 16 unions ...

  • Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents

    Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents

    The battle between new smartphone-enabled 'transportation network companies' and legacy taxicabs largely mirrors the ...

    “You working the whole day?” I asked my UberX driver en route to San Francisco International Airport, trying to make small talk. “Well, I’m driving for a few hours,” he ...

  • The Most Important of Unimportant Things

    The Most Important of Unimportant Things

    During the last few weeks, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows ...

    “Sports,” said Larry King, in a formulation I much like, “is the most important of unimportant things.” During the last few weeks, however, one’s confidence about the ...

  • Fixing the Child Care Penalty

    Fixing the Child Care Penalty

    The current tax code denies families appropriate tax relief for work-related child care expenses. A new Senate bill ...

    Earlier this week, five senators, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), introduced S. 2565, the Helping Working ...

  • 2014 Midterms: Another Six-Year Senate Sweep?

    2014 Midterms: Another Six-Year Senate Sweep?

    The conventional wisdom that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office ...

    The conventional political wisdom is that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office. Presidential coattails swept in a certain number of senators of ...

  • Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace

    Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace

    The next time the United States is compelled to try to rescue and rehabilitate a broken nation, Washington needs to pay ...

    If Americans have learned anything from their well-intentioned, costly efforts in the unforgiving lands of Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that democratic elections do not ensure freedom. Nor do ...

  • Piketty's Political Hunch

    Piketty's Political Hunch

    In the many reviews of Thomas Piketty's 'Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century,' there has been no careful analysis of ...

    Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century has reached the New York Times’ bestseller list for the past 10 weeks — it was first in nonfiction shortly ago and near the ...

Datapoints

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Neither the president nor congressional Republicans get good marks on recent illegal immigration.

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How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured? By Christopher J. Conover 07/23/2014
Our hodgepodge of efforts to help the uninsured have substantially reduced the incentive to buy ...
Big Data: Here to Stay, but with Caveats By Edward Tenner 07/30/2014
Criticism of big data is due to three paradoxes. For starters, it's ubiquitous but hard to define.
Are Rising Health Care Costs Creating a Retirement Crisis? By Andrew G. Biggs 07/26/2014
Progressives are proposing expensive expansions of Social Security, but the retirement crisis is ...
Melodrama at the Met By Rebecca Burgess 07/20/2014
The 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera is under threat from unions – and philanthropists.
No Free Lunch for the ECB By Desmond Lachman 07/25/2014
The IMF is urging the ECB to implement massive quantitative easing, but such a course of action is ...
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