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A Santa Colomba Tradition And A Global Economy At A Crossroads

quoting John H. Cochranevia Live Mint
Friday, July 26, 2019
With most policy tools already exhausted, the big question is whether policymakers have any firepower left to boost growth.
Analysis and Commentary

The Effects Of Multispecialty Group Practice On Health Care Spending And Use

by Laurence Baker, M. Kate Bundorf, Anne Beeson Royaltyvia The National Bureau Of Economic Research
Friday, July 26, 2019
U.S. physicians are increasingly joining multispecialty group practices. In this paper, we analyze how a primary care physician’s practice type – single (SSP) versus multispecialty practice (MSP) – affects health care spending and use.
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The Budget Calculator

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Friday, July 26, 2019

Can you balance the budget and save us from the debt crisis? Get ready to make some hard trade-offs.

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Chicago Betrays The Public Trust For Obama

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 25, 2019

[Subscription Required] Politics often allow the strong to trample the weak. That’s what happened in two land-use cases on which I am lead counsel.

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A FaceApp For The Federal Budget

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Over the last month, social media accounts have been filled with wrinkles and gray hair. With the help of the mobile app FaceApp, people are fast-forwarding the aging process to see what they might look like years from now.

Analysis and Commentary

Every Era’s Monetary And Financial Institutions Are Unimaginable Until They’re Real

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Every era’s monetary and financial institutions are unimaginable until they’re real, writes Tyler Cowen in an excellent Bloomberg.com essay on the anniversary of Bretton Woods.

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The Big Rethink: Notes From Session 3 Of TEDSummit 2019

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia TED Blog
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

In an incredible session, speakers and performers laid out the biggest problems facing the world — from political and economic catastrophe to rising violence and deepfakes — and some new thinking on solutions.

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John Cochrane On Why A Complicated Tax Code Leads To Negative Outcomes

featuring John H. Cochranevia PolicyEd
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In order to raise the necessary revenue for the government with minimal damage to the economy, we should lower marginal rates, broaden the base, and simplify the tax code. With a simple, clear system, we not only can raise revenue but also increase productivity and work.

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China Is Winning The Ideological Battle With The U.S.

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I just spent a month in residence at Peking University in Beijing, meeting with dozens of government officials, entrepreneurs, scholars, think tankers and students. Here’s what I’ve concluded: The United States is losing the ideological battle with China.

Analysis and Commentary

The Value Of Government Debt

by John H. Cochranevia National Burea of Economic Research
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The market value of government debt equals the present discounted value of primary surpluses. Applying present value decompositions from asset pricing to this valuation equation, I find that half of the variation in the market value of debt to GDP ratio corresponds to varying forecasts of future primary surpluses, and half to varying discount rates. Variation in expected growth rates is unimportant.

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