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Big Ideas

These stories are conceptual--food for thought.
John Lott, Loaded Robert VerBruggen 06/28/2007
The economist’s new book fires back at Steven Levitt and other critics.
Not Another Cure-All Pill for Poverty Josh Weissburg 06/25/2007
What the poor need is options, not prescriptions.
A Bettor World Caren Chesler 05/25/2007
Once apprenticed to a bookie, Justin Wolfers of Wharton now draws economic insight from the behavior of gamblers.
Water, Water Roger Bate 05/24/2007
It may be everywhere, but it’s scarce as well. How to use water most efficiently? Roger Bate finds the solution in a nation undergoing the worst drought in 1,000 years: Australia.
Being Honest About Ignorance William R. Brody 05/22/2007
The temptation to deny scientific truths is timeless—and dangerous.
Q&A: Energy Independence Steven F. Hayward 05/17/2007
‘Energy independence’ may be a hollow slogan, but ‘energy security’ is something we can achieve. Separating fact from fantasy, Steven Hayward shows how.
Enter a ‘Hellish Place’ Luke Mullins 05/15/2007
Tougher rules and longer sentences mean that prison for white-collar inmates is no longer Club Fed. Prisoner No. 20532-050 tells his eyewitness story to Luke Mullins.
Schumpeter Revealed Tyler Cowen 05/04/2007
A new biography offers the best description yet of the great economist and his times.
News Media Flux Hinges on Advertisers David Robinson 05/01/2007
If you want to understand the wrenching dislocations in today's newsrooms, look to the advertisers whose purchasing decisions drive the business.
What a New, Earth-like Planet Could Mean Bethany Ehlmann 04/30/2007
Are we alone?