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Thursday, March 26, 2009
On calls for replacing the U.S. dollar as the world’s main reserve currency...Several experts discuss how the recession might alter competition for lower-wage jobs...The background check process for presidential nominees must be revised...President Obama’s sales force ‘has the wrong mix of credibility, diversity, and sensitivity’...Governments should focus on which liabilities, rather than which assets, they need to support...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This financial crisis has a conservative solution, writes Niall Ferguson…Ten surprising facts about U.S. healthcare…The coming slowdown in growth…Credit rating agencies need reform…Several states have Internet tax proposals in the pipeline…
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Americans neither resent wealth nor particularly admire it…An interview with Gary Becker, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences...Robert J. Samuelson asks whether capitalism will lose its vitality…Owning a home is overrated, some say...Sixty-one percent of U.S. voters agree with putting more U.S. troops in Afghanistan…
Monday, March 23, 2009
What can Tata Motors teach Detroit? The Swedish financial chief known as ‘Mr. Fix It’ has been summoned to Washington…President Obama faces the same problems with ‘Old Europe’…N. Gregory Mankiw on what the budget proposal says about President Obama and his economic team…On the ‘no excuses’ approach dominating charter schools…
Friday, March 20, 2009
The latest World Bank report draws attention to the rise in global protectionism…Mexico has announced tariffs on American products in response to the United States’ closing its border to Mexican trucking…The private sector outperforms the public sector in education…The ‘peer-to-patent’ pilot program is improving the global patent system…More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in history...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Limits on green cards may have kept 300,000 highly educated immigrants from conducting useful research in the United States in 2008...The Prohibition against lobbyists in the Obama administration may be shutting out experienced people...Fewer Americans are worried about global warming compared to last year...Robert Haddick says the days of U.S. dominance in drone war may be coming to an end...Computer science majors are hot again...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The world economy will be far more prosperous with international cooperation and national regulations than with attempts to construct a global regulatory framework...Stephen Moore writes that current economic policies are more like a reprise of the 1970s than the 1930s...There are several serious problems with the idea, gaining popularity in Washington, of creating a systemic risk regulator...President Obama’s support for a more united Europe is a dangerous shift in U.S. policy...'Latinamericanists' will shortly renew their complaints that the region’s problems are the result of U.S. indifference...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sixty-one percent of Americans think the United States will succeed in establishing a stable government in Iraq, up from 42 percent in 2007…The typical recession pattern is for nonresidential fixed investment to begin its recovery after housing and consumption have begun theirs…Nearly one out of every five newspaper journalism jobs has been cut since 2001…Wal-Mart plans to convert two of its Neighborhood Markets to two test supermarkets aimed specifically at Hispanics…Trading on Syria’s stock exchange has officially begun…
Monday, March 16, 2009
A guide to why the banking crisis is so intractable…Arnold Kling makes three predictions about macroeconomics…Sweden’s own financial self-interest is driving it to spend more money in the Baltics…How to surge the Taliban…A study of financial incentives to attract talented teachers to low-performing schools…
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sales are up for books by Marx, Keynes, Rand, Galbraith, Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope: ‘Our reading habits reflect a thirst for economic enlightenment’…Is Capitol Hill capable of handling so many projects at once? Liechtenstein will ease its bank secrecy rules and swap information with foreign governments to help combat tax evasion and fraud…The market’s decline and the Madoff scandal may cause older investors to remove much of their money from equities…Facebook has officially launched in two new languages: Arabic and Hebrew versions.
 
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