Harry Painter

Posts by Harry Painter (page 5)

  • Negative voting isn’t guaranteed to mitigate the “low-information voter” problem, but we should sure try it

    Today, Roy Cordato gave an excellent and timely talk about public choice theory, including its explanation of “rationally ignorant voters.” That is, it is in the self-interest of voters not to learn about candidates and issues, because the cost of obtaining information is higher than the benefits they get after…
    Harry Painter, November 3, 2014
  • Findings on UNC academic fraud

    In case you hadn’t heard, former Department of Justice official Kenneth Wainstein is presenting the findings of his investigation of UNC-Chapel Hill academic fraud. He has revealed that almost half of the students enrolled in “paper classes” from 1999 to 2011 were student-athletes. The Pope Center is…
    Harry Painter, October 22, 2014
  • Nursing degrees: Get ’em while they’re hot

    Becoming a nurse is probably a great idea. You can do it with minimal credentials (associate degree or less), it’s a fast-growing field, and in 2012 the median registered nurse made upwards of $65,000. It’s such a great idea that it would be a shame for special interests…
    Harry Painter, October 21, 2014