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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.

John B. Taylor

A Wake-up Call for Washington

by John B. Taylorvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Under President Barack Obama’s budget plan, the federal debt is exploding. To be precise, it is rising—and will continue to rise—much faster than gross domestic product, a measure of America’s ability to service the debt.

John F. Cogan

New Keynesian versus Old Keynesian

by John F. Cogan, Tobias Cwik, John B. Taylor, Volker Wielandvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Renewed interest in fiscal policy has increased the use of quantitative models to evaluate policy. We find that the models currently being used to evaluate fiscal policy stimulus proposals are weak.

Kenneth Anderson

Targeted Killing

by Kenneth Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 11, 2009

Waging war with remote-controlled drone aircraft will become an essential counterterrorism tool

Peter Berkowitz

Pragmatism, Obama Style

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 4, 2009

At its most extreme, philosophical pragmatism denies the very existence of objective truth, arguing that opinions we declare true are merely those that have proved useful to one interest or another.

John E. Chubb

Learning from No Child Left Behind

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A careful examination reveals sufficient justification for continuing to improve public education through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Harvey Mansfield

A Question for the Economists

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 3, 2009

What has happened in the last few months should give them pause

Terry M. Moe

Liberating Learning

by Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The information revolution has globalized the international economy, made communication and social networking virtually instantaneous and costless, and started the first stirrings of a revolution in how children can learn and be educated.


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