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Childbirth And Crime

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Monday, November 25, 2019

Family formation and crime is the title of a very nice new paper by Maxim Massenkoff Evan K. Rose. (HT Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution, which also has great commentary.)

Analysis and Commentary

Susan Mayer On What Money Can't Buy

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 25, 2019

Sociologist Susan Mayer of the University of Chicago talks about her book What Money Can't Buy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Mayer reports on her research which found that giving poor parents money had little measured effect on improving the lives of their children. She emphasizes the importance of accurately understanding the challenges facing children in poverty if the goal is to actually help them. 

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

The Night The Lights Should Have Gone Out In Georgia

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Not long into Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, it was apparent that at least one of the ten candidates on the stage had a major policy beef: America as the only industrialized nation in the world without a federal paid family leave program.

Analysis and Commentary

Modern Japan Is A Model Of Stability, Thanks To Its Ancient Imperial Family

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Japanese Emperor Naruhito was formally enthroned this week, in the second of three major ceremonies marking his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As Brexit chaos continues to paralyse Britain, impeachment roils American politics, and months of anti-China protests rock Hong Kong and flummox Beijing, Japan again offers an example of political and social stability regularly overlooked or dismissed. 

Analysis and Commentary

Why Family Planning Is A Smart Investment

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Project Syndicate
Monday, October 21, 2019

Achieving universal access to contraception would save and improve millions of lives, and put societies on a faster track to shared prosperity. With so much at stake, the world should be devoting far more attention and resources to this goal.


China's Three-Body Problem

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 7, 2019

The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was not a birthday I felt like celebrating. As Dutch historian Frank Dikötter has shown in his searing three-volume history of the Mao era, the Communist regime claimed the lives of tens of millions of people: 2 million in the revolution between 1949 and 1951, another 3 million by the end of the 1950s, up to 45 million in the man-made famine known as the “Great Leap Forward,” and yet more in the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s campaign against the intelligentsia, which escalated into a civil war.


Niall Ferguson On The Remnant With Jonah Goldberg

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
Monday, August 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how the West grew rich, the problems with contemporary historical scholarship, and other weighty issues.

In the News

5 Real Solutions For The Troubled Cities Democrats Helped Cripple

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Federalist
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Democrats have run America's most dangerous cities for decades. They have no answers. Here are five solutions to fix the problems Democrat policies made worse.

Analysis and Commentary

A Hypothesis: NCLB-Era Achievement Gains Stemmed Largely From Declining Child Poverty Rates

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It’s long been understood that, on average, there’s a strong relationship between a child’s socioeconomic status and his or her academic outcomes. It’s also the case that when poor families become less poor—either because of more “market income” or due to social programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit—their children tend to do better in school.

Analysis and Commentary

The State Of Parent Choice In 2019

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 8, 2019

Howard Fuller, a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, joins Paul E. Peterson on the 100th episode of the Education Exchange to discuss the state of school choice and it's contentious standing in current politics.


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