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John F. Cogan

Doubling Down on a Flawed Insurance Model

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Obama’s health care plan takes the problems of the current system and makes them worse.

David Brady

Public Opinion and Health Reform

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Americans reject the cost of health care legislation but favor helping the chronically ill.

Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

The Successes of New York City’s Charter Schools: An Interview with Caroline Hoxby

via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Caroline Hoxby explains that students who attend charter schools out-perform their public school peers.

Darrell Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

How Should We Regulate Derivatives’ Markets?

by Darrell Duffievia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Reformers must rewrite the rules and support the market efficiencies of the derivatives market.

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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

featuring 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


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