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The Truth, Probably

We will never attain certainty about our concerns, but with care and luck we approach it by increments. Above all, we learn to be skeptical of grand visions and their visionaries.

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‘The American Banking System Might Not Last Until Monday’

Learning from the crises you’ve forgotten.

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Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules

Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.

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A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation

The FDA's proposed regulation should not go forward in its current form, or it will undermine efforts to persuade smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and will endanger public health.

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Peanut Butter’s Many Inventors

The popular product illustrates both the opportunities and the risks of intellectual property.

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100 Years of the Panama Canal

One of the supreme engineering feats of the early 20th century, the canal has been an immense boon to shipping and of major geopolitical benefit to the United States.

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Good News for U.S. Capital Markets

The FSOC’s decision to back away from SIFI designations has major implications for the regulation of ‘shadow banking.’

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In Defense of Price Gouging and Profiteering

If you don’t like price rationing, please explain how limited supplies of a good are to be allocated.

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A Bipartisan Consensus on How to Fight Poverty?

In an otherwise bitterly partisan political environment, two recent policy proposals from both sides of the aisle share core ideas for reforming anti-poverty programs.

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The Long-Hours Luxury

One factor that is often overlooked in the debate over causes of income inequality is a shift in the distribution of working hours. The rich now work more than the poor.

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It's Time for Real Reform of Veterans' Health Care

The Miller-Sanders bill addresses the immediate crisis, but underlying structural defects must be corrected if we are to avoid more problems again soon.

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Big Data: Here to Stay, but with Caveats

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

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Are Rising Health Care Costs Creating a Retirement Crisis?

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

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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 short-term economic growth and would risk creating bigger bubbles in many asset markets.

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How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured?

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

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Melodrama at the Met

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

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Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents

The battle between new smartphone-enabled 'transportation network companies' and legacy taxicabs largely mirrors the age-old war over productivity, a war that only ever has one outcome.

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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 of doubt.

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Fixing the Child Care Penalty

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

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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 is less elucidating than it might first appear, although it does appear likely that the Democrats will lose the Senate this year.

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