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I'm an Economist, How May I Help You?
I'm an Economist, How May I Help You?

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Republican Budget Policy, A New Look
At the Inauguration Panel on Tuesday, I noted that Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Trump's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget, was considerably more of a deficit hawk while a Representative than was the Republican leadership in the H...

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Inauguration Week Panels at Dartmouth
This week, we are hosting four panels on opportunities and risks facing the new Presidential administration. My contribution was to yesterday's panel on domestic issues, focusing on budget policy. Here is how I opened my remarks: Stated
plainly, our federal...

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A New Year, An Old Post on Pensions
One of my earliest research projects focused on the shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution plans and its implications for retirement income. I started it in 1993, along with my colleague (then at the NBER , now at Dartmouth) Jonathan Skinne...

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An Unfortunate Night at the Theater
By now, you have likely seen or read a report of VP-elect Mike Pence's trip to see Hamilton last evening. There were two moments that deserve comment. The first is that Pence was booed by some noticeable portion of the crowd in attendance when he arrived. I...

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What Makes a Swing State Swing?
An article by my friend and former Bush Administration colleague Chuck Blahous provides a defense of the electoral college based on the claim that it focuses the presidential candidates on swing states. Here's the essence of the argument: In an electoral co...

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Five Suggestions for the President-Elect
By now, if you are reading this blog, you know that Donald Trump is the President-Elect. This is not an "I told you so" post, for two reasons. First, of all the subjects for a blog, the horse race aspect of politics is among the least interesting to me, and...

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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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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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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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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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