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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.
E-Voting Threatens Election Integrity Timothy B. Lee 05/23/2007
Rush Holt’s bill, which was recently approved by a House committee, would be a big improvement.
Carbon Taxes Versus Carbon Markets: What’s the Best Way to Limit Emissions? Ronald Bailey 05/18/2007
Cap-and-trade markets have greater political momentum, but most economists favor a carbon tax. Here’s our guide to the debate.
The Grand Bipartisan Trade Deal Claude Barfield 05/16/2007
What have Congress and the White House really agreed to on trade? It’s hard to say, judging from their widely differing views of last week’s deal.
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.
Blue Skies, High Anxiety Joel Schwartz 05/11/2007
Our air is cleaner than it’s been in a century, writes Joel Schwartz. So why do Americans worry it’s so dirty and dangerous?
The Upside of Income Inequality Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy 05/07/2007
Much of the widening gap in incomes reflects the rising payoff for a college education and other skills. Rising payoffs are a development that the authors, economists who have won the Nobel Prize and the Clark Prize, call ‘beneficial and desirable.’
These Shots Won’t Drive Gun Control Daniel P. Taylor 05/04/2007
The Virginia Tech massacre shows how much ground advocates have lost.
Property Rights at Risk in New Jersey Duncan Currie 04/23/2007
Eminent domain and “pay-to-play” are a dangerous combination.
On Earth Day, Remember The Humans Indur M. Goklany 04/22/2007
The same noble impulse that helped us clean up is now causing trouble.