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How Green Is Europe?

A superficial look might indicate great achievements. Yet a closer view reveals how far the European renewables have to go, and what irrational choices are made to meet EU green energy quotas.

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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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Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate

If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.

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Inversion Crackdown Dodges Real Job Opportunities

New Treasury Department regulations aimed at restricting corporate inversions are more about politics than policy. They won’t help the economy and may have the unintended effect of prompting companies to move management control abroad.

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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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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 of previous conflicts in a future one.

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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 Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

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

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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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‘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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