Culture and Society (page 9)

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    Keeping It Classy in Durham

    Last night, I came across this poster attached to a telephone pole near Duke’s west campus:…
    Jon Guze, November 20, 2018
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    Better to have an American describe how bad Americans are at describing badness

    It is as if American vocabularies have lost the ability and terms to make the fine distinctions needed for drawing richer, fuller distinctions.
    Jon Sanders, November 19, 2018
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    People give to charities for more than tax deductions

    Nonprofit organizations, like retailers, earn a significant portion of their revenue for a year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This was the case even before Giving Tuesday. What better time to consider why people give in the first place? Giving USA estimates that tax reform’s change in the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 16, 2018
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    Unintended consequences in markets lead to market opportunities

    If you’re on this blog, you are probably familiar with Say’s Law that “supply creates its own demand.” In its original formulation, it meant that people could only buy stuff with the income they earned from making stuff. It ignores the ability of people to change the timing of their…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2018
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    The value of giving time and money

    As younger generations join family giving decisions, there is a greater emphasis on giving locally and on giving time. While people in business, governments, nonprofits and foundations continue to seek investments that scale, there is also a reemerging acceptance that some of the most significant investments we make (in…
    Joseph Coletti, October 23, 2018
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    Can Ben Carson and YIMBYism spur more affordable housing?

    “The high cost of housing is an important factor in trapping millions of Americans in poverty,” Michael Tanner writes in National Review. “On average, Americans in the lowest third of incomes spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing, a number that rises to more than 50…
    Joseph Coletti, October 19, 2018
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    Does Legal Marijuana Lead To More Car Crashes?

    Some of my libertarian friends are advocates for legalizing recreational use of marijuana. I’ve asked them if they wonder about unintended consequences — like this. The report, issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said that car accidents reported to police in three states…
    Donna Martinez, October 19, 2018
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    Better data and better ideas to improve economic mobility

    “Skill disparities, family dynamics, early childhood development and incarceration effects” are important factors in long-term income inequality left out of recent work that has garnered national headlines, write Nobel economist James Heckman and Archbridge Institute CEO Gonzalo Schwarz. They warn that incomplete assessments could lead to wrong prescriptions of…
    Joseph Coletti, October 10, 2018