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Supply-Side Economics, But for Liberals

Neil Irwin: “Certain social welfare policies, according to an emerging body of research, may actually encourage more people to work and enable them to do so more productively.” “That is the conclusion of work that aims to understand in granular detail how different government interventions affect people’s behavior. It amounts to a liberal version of Read More…

It’s Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Dani Rodrik: “Today’s consensus concerning the need to compensate globalization’s losers presumes that the winners are motivated by enlightened self-interest – that they believe buy-in from the losers is essential to maintain economic openness. Trump’s presidency has revealed an alternative perspective: globalization, at least as currently construed, tilts the balance of political power toward those Read More…

Homelessness Is a Solvable Problem

Homelessness can be solved “if resources are committed to evidence-based programs,” Mary Cunningham, Sarah Gillespie, and Alexandra Tilsley argue for the Urban Institute. “That’s where USICH and Opening Doors come in. USICH is an autonomous agency established in 1987 to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and work with local governments and the private sector. Read More…

Why the First 100 Days Concept Is Bogus

Jeff Greenfield: “The Trump White House is treating April 29 as if an asteroid were headed straight to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Why? Because it marks the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. And, according to one White House official, ‘One hundred days is the marker, and we’ve got essentially 2½ weeks to turn everything around.’” Read More…

What Bothers Americans About the Tax System

Pew Research: “A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to express frustration that some corporations and wealthy people don’t pay their ‘fair share.’” Save to Favorites Read More…

What If Brexit Was Only the Beginning?

A must-read piece from the Boston Consulting Group: “In polls, sizable majorities in the United States and key European countries now demand a reorientation around narrow national interests, proclaiming, ‘Let other countries deal with their own problems.’ As more people feel left behind by economic progress, this sentiment could grow and percolate into politics and Read More…