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War on Poverty Needs New Strategy Josh Good 01/08/2014
Since LBJ’s War on Poverty was launched, America has witnessed an unprecedented rise in cohabitation, divorce, and out-of-wedlock births. In 2014, reforms should promote personal dignity and encourage work and responsible fatherhood.
The Almanac of American Politics: Breaking Down the 2012 Election Michael Barone 08/15/2013
The 2012 election indicates that the fault lines in American politics are the same as they have been since the mid 1990s, but surprises may be in store for the future.
Congress Isn't What It Used to Be Norman Ornstein and Jennifer Marsico 07/16/2013
The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever.
What Do Banks Do? Arnold Kling 02/26/2013
A closer look at bank leverage.
The Myth of the Limits on Itemized Deductions Alan D. Viard 01/09/2013
Media misinformation is the real threat to charitable giving. For better or worse, the fiscal cliff deal doesn’t actually cap any itemized deductions.
Partisan Polls? Andrew Rugg 10/10/2012
Press coverage of polls gives these imprecise tools much more weight than they deserve. Voters should keep this in mind as they are confronted with the inevitable avalanche of polls between now and Election Day.
The Uses of LIBOR and the Victims of Its Manipulation: A Primer Matthew Jensen 08/23/2012
Little attention has been paid to why LIBOR is important, who might have been harmed by its manipulation, or how to think about the financial ramifications.
How Much Have House Prices Really Fallen? Alex J. Pollock 04/19/2012
If we could stop the government’s constriction of private mortgage credit, recovery could begin sooner rather than later.
Fearful Symmetry: Six Decades of Treasury Yields Alex J. Pollock 04/04/2012
Interest rates in the market for U.S. Treasury debt display surprising behavior—behavior that previous market participants considered simply impossible.
Why Growth Matters More than Debt Steve Conover 01/29/2012
The proper question is not how will America pay foreign creditors back but rather what will maintain China and Japan’s desire to buy low-interest Treasury securities from us?
 
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