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Brad DeLong Another disaster at political-economic policy analysis by Brad DeLong!

Over at Equitable Growth: I had thought we were well-past the interwar watershed in economic policy. The interwar watershed had three parts:

* The winning of the franchise by the working class.
* The portfolio rebalancing of the non-entrepreneurial wealthy.
* And the recognition that the gold standard was not unbreakable.

The last of … More >

Brad DeLong What strongly suboptimal fiscal policy means for the inflation target and monetary policy

Over at Equitable Growth: Jared Bernstein: Optimal Fiscal Policy: “I testified in the House Budget Committee this AM…

…[with Ryan Silvey from Missouri, John B. Taylor from Stanford, and Chris Edwards from Cato], and have many excellent war stories to share. But no time to do so now…

Well! Jared, where … More >

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal Cultivating the next generation of East African researchers

The demand for rigorous, robust data to inform African decision makers has never been higher. Earlier this month, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative partnered with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), the World Bank, Innovations for Poverty … More >

Catherine Ceniza Choy No longer useless: Liberal arts education in a digital age

Last week, two on-line articles published on the same day, July 29th, in Forbes Magazine caught my attention. The first, entitled “America’s Top Colleges Ranking 2015,” by Forbes staff writer Caroline Howard, opened with the following: “The No. 1 FORBES Top College 2015 is Pomona College, followed by Williams College and Stanford … More >

Rosemary Joyce Remembering history, recovering “No Irish Need Apply”

Historical research is challenging: you cannot simply go and see what happened, you have to trace back through a welter of documentary sources that may themselves have been selected in ways that impede your search for knowledge and understanding, that can be contradictory, and that are always only part of … More >

Claude Fischer The immigrant-crime connection

Killing at the hands of an illegal alien spurs furious debate about closing borders and deporting the undocumented. It is the year before a presidential election and candidates denounce undocumented immigrants as the conveyors of Mexican violence into our country.

When Robert J. Sampson, Harvard sociologist and criminologist, wrote about this … More >

Gérard Roland The Greek crisis and the major flaw in the EU edifice

The Greek crisis should not have happened. Puerto Rico, a US territory is currently facing a major debt crisis, similar in many ways to Greece. The obvious solution will be a major debt reduction in exchange for local reforms to prevent a new debt buildup. Nobody is considering kicking Puerto … More >

john a. powell When we fully claim Black Lives Matter, we move closer to All Lives Matter

At a recent training on implicit bias and targeted universalism that I was leading for a foundation and a number of its grantees in North Carolina, one of the speakers noted that while we were going to be focusing on implicit bias, it was important to note that explicit bias … More >

Stephen Menendian Housing segregation and the American Dream: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s historic decision in the Texas housing case

Housing remains the centerpiece of the American Dream. Housing is not only a place to live, but is also a conduit and hub to an array of public and private resources, from neighborhood and community schools to businesses, parks and services.

An overwhelming amount of research affirms the deeply held beliefs of … More >

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