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Taxing Obesity: A Modest Proposal

Targeting foods is a needlessly indirect way of encouraging weight loss.

Sicko’s Box Office Numbers are Fuzzy, Too

You might be surprised which documentaries have actually earned the most…

Tonight’s Debate: A Labor of Love for Democratic Candidates

The Democratic field is unusually in tune with organized labor—but union leaders are playing hard to get.

Snacks that Slim – Starting with Your Pocketbook

Why your future self will appreciate those smaller, seemingly overpriced treats.

Subprime Bust Expands

To the students of history, the vicious cycle around the bust is all too familiar.

Trading Cubans for Corn

Lifting the embargo could help us move beyond the current regime of domestic agricultural subsidies.

Make Way for Japan

All eyes have focused on China lately, but Japan’s economy is nearly twice as large. More important, the ‘lost years’ of economic stagnation are over. Japan is back, and Japan is different. ROWAN CALLICK looks at why Japan changed, its new reform spirit in economics and politics, and its relations with the U.S. and with its obsession, China.


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American Conversations: Tyler Cowen

Economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses his new book, blogging, and the application of economics in everyday life.

Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Goods

A weakening dollar may seem like trouble, but exchange rates don’t tell the whole story.

Holland Puts an Entitlement on a Diet

The reforms could be emulated elsewhere, with due care.

A Bridge to Traffic Reduction

Toll lanes can help give quicker commutes to those who value them most.

A Telling Letter from Russia

A popular neo-Soviet youth movement in Russia presages tough times for the bilateral relationship.

How Governments Compete

A new book offers an informative overview of the most important ways governments help, or hurt, their national economies.

Ending Poverty, But Only on Paper

The Millennium Development Goals actually increase rural dependence on knowledge and skills from urban areas—at the expense of community empowerment.

The Sushi Economy

The journey of bluefin tuna from the waters of the Atlantic to the sushi bars of Tokyo in just a few days is a marvel of globalization, writes SASHA ISSENBERG. It’s a tale of taste, technology, and the power of markets.


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Do Powerful Economic Reforms Require Powerful States?

A new anthology says growing government power actually helped Europe reform its welfare states.

Data Points

How Japan sees itself, the U.S., and the world.

Oedipus Child

When children are born motherless, problems await.

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