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3-D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities

With physical copying now approaching digital copying in terms of ease, cost, and convenience, how will the advent of this new technology affect intellectual property rights, be they patents, copyrights, or trademarks?

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Why Privilege Nonprofits?

People on the right view nonprofits as a civil-society bulwark against big government. People on the left think that profit is inherently bad, and therefore they view nonprofits as inherently good. Both views can be questioned.

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Chinese Check: Forging New Identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan

In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.

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The Redevelopment Racket

The growing trend of public redevelopment has increased cronyism, land confiscation, and waste.

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Do the Locomotive

Fifty years after the first rapid train began its scheduled service, this comfortable, safe, and efficient mode of transport still has not caught on in North America.

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Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee You More Benefits at a Lower Cost?

No, but the CBPP’s stance on budget accounting says it can.

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The Sharing Economy Under Pressure

Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.

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Will Venture Capitalists Drive the Next Spectacular Breakthrough?

Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a provocative and stimulating book, however, the Silicon Valley institutional structure may not drive the future as much as it has the recent past.

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Good News from Africa

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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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 of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.

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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 be hurt in the process.

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Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses

Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.

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Closing the Racial Gap in Education

The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower socioeconomic background and their schools have fewer resources. But research finds the problem transcends class and its roots lie elsewhere.

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The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities

Prospects for the humanities can be more promising than ever.

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A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs

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

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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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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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The Genetics Revolution Challenge and How to Incentivize Biomedical Research

The genetics revolution poses challenges to the way that the FDA and patent system influence medical research. Prize-grants could be better suited to providing incentives for the sort of research becoming valuable.

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Aereo Decision a Boon, Not a Bane for Innovation

Aereo’s system was a case of legal engineering rather than technical ingenuity.

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Attorney Fees in Patent Cases: There is a Middle Ground

Automatically awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party, at least in patent cases, would be a grave mistake and wreak havoc on our legal system.

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