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Dark Clouds and Bathroom Bills
David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, gave a commencement speech at Elon University this weekend. You can read about it and follow a link to watch it here . ...
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If I Wanted To Start the New Year Off by Raising College Tuition, I Would Propose This
From yesterday's New York Times : Lawmakers have proposed requiring that about 90 colleges with endowments
of $1 billion or more spend about 25 percent of their annual earnings
for tuition assistance — or forfeit their tax exemptions. Suppose that college...
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Escrow for the Common Good
Years ago, when I was teaching finance more regularly, I read The Squam Lake Report and thought its recommendation to improve corporate governance by requiring deferred compensation (in cash) for top management made sense. Why should a manager with signific...
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Income Tax Changes and Economic Growth
Policy makers and researchers have long been interested in how potential changes to the personal income tax system affect the size of the overall economy. Earlier this year, for example, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) proposed a sweeping reform to the inco...
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Some reactions to Vergara v. California. There is a difference between bad policy and unconstitutional policy. I think the ruling overreaches.
Judge Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled in Vergara v. California that tenure and other job protections for teachers in primary and secondary public schools are unconstitutional. I think this is a clear ...
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I Guess I Did See This One Coming
About two years ago, I noted that the Los Angeles Superior Court judge in the Vergara v. California case had overreached when he declared that tenure and other job protections for teachers in primary and secondary public schools are unconstitutional. The pl...
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Hillary Clinton's Infrastructure Plan
It was almost eight years ago that I started writing about spending on infrastructure as a means of countercyclical fiscal policy. There was an op-ed in The Washington Post , followed by an essay in The Ripon Forum , as the Great Recession was beginning. I ...
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Diversifying the Workforce, Then and Now
Do you remember what you were doing ten years ago today? Larry Summers was at the NBER, making some remarks as president of Harvard University at a conference on "Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce." Those remarks, widely misunderstood in re...
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The Leadership Implications of "Too Big To Fail"
This month, The New York Times in Leadership will be featuring a short post from me with some reflections on what we have learned about leadership in the six years since the onset of the financial crisis. It is based on a session I have done a couple of tim...
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A Quick Reaction to More Minimum Wage Nonsense
Danielle Kurtzleben of Vox has an interview with Gap's Vice President of Stores Lynn Albright about the company's decision to phase in higher wages for its lowest paid workers. The claim being made is that this decision is good for the Gap, as it will reduc...
Danielle Kurtzleben of Vox has an interview with Gap's Vice President of Stores Lynn Albright about the company's decision to phase in higher wages for its lowest paid workers. The claim being made is that this decision is go...
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The End of Tenure in California Public Schools?
Judge Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled in Vergara v. California that tenure and other job protections for teachers in primary and secondary public schools are unconstitutional. I think this is a clear case of judicial overreach -- le...
Judge Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled in Vergara v. California that tenure and other job protections for teachers in primary and secondary public schools are unconstitutional. I think this is a clear ...
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    Professor of Economics and Director, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, 1994 - present
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I am a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College.  I am on the board of Ledyard Financial Group (LFGP) and currently serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee.  I blog about economics, politics, and current events at http://samwick.blogspot.com.  The opinions expressed here, there, and everywhere do not necessarily reflect the views of Dartmouth College or any other institution with which I am affiliated.
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