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Prudential Bank Regulation: What’s Broke and How to Fix It

by Charles Calomirisvia Defining Ideas
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Financial crises not only impose shortterm economic costs but also create enormous regulatory risks. The financial crisis that is currently gripping the global economy is already producing voluminous proposals for regulatory reform from all quarters.

jim huffman, property rights task force member

A Mad Scramble for Infrastructure Dollars

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Will infrastructure initiatives stimulate the economy in the short run or promote economic growth?

John E. Chubb

The Learning Stimulus?

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To ensure the money actually produces results, the administration could take additional steps

John B. Taylor

Monetary Policy and Systemic Risk Regulation

by John B. Taylorvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Granting the Fed new regulatory power will negatively affect its independence

Benjamin Wittes

Designing Detention

by Benjamin Wittes, Colleen A. Peppardvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 26, 2009

A model law for incarcerating and prosecuting terrorists

James Ceaser

Giving ‘Realism’ a Bad Name

by James W. Ceaservia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 19, 2009

The demise of idealism in Barack Obama’s Washington

Abbas M. Milani

Iran: A Coup in Three Steps

by Abbas Milanivia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 15, 2009

The road to 2009’s velvet green revolution

Eric A. Hanushek

Performance-Based Funding

by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindsethvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Public school spending per pupil has nearly quadrupled since 1960 while achievement has remained largely flat.

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Saturday, June 6, 2009

Universal preschool education is not the solution to America’s long-standing education achievement gaps.

Michael Boskin

The U.S. Economy Is Becoming Reliant on Government Fixes

by Michael J. Boskinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 29, 2009

Higher spending, higher taxes, and an explosion of debt will crowd out borrowing in capital markets.

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