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    LISTEN HERE – HeadLocke 045: Applying free-market economics to urban issues

    The latest HeadLocke podcast episode is out. Cities play a major role in the way we live our lives. Free-market economics could play a much larger role in helping those cities function better. That’s one potential outcome of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Anna Manning, March 19, 2019
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    Kids and happiness

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports on recent research involving children and parents’ happiness. Does having kids make us happier? Yes, a new paper argues—once you control for the cost of paying the bills. The way that kids shape their parents’ happiness has been the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2019
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    Speaking of Antinatalists

    To promote an article exploring the case for antinatalism, the New Republic recently tweeted: Which illicit some amusing responses, including these:…
    Jon Guze, February 26, 2019
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    Somebody Needs to Tell the Folks at Planned Parenthood

    In a recent report published by the Institute for Family Studies, economist Lyman Stone comes to a surprising conclusion: “In the vast majority of countries, women can expect to have fewer children than those same women say would be ideal.” The following chart summarizes Stone’s findings: Ironcially, notes…
    Jon Guze, February 26, 2019
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    Congressional Republicans work on paid parental leave plan

    Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner highlights an interesting initiative on Capitol Hill. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says she is ready to speak out more on issues of particular relevance to women, starting with the lack of paid parental leave in the U.S. Ernst, who is now the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2019
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    Tax cuts, innovation, and economic growth

    Paul Romer won the Nobel prize in economics for showing how innovation creates economic growth. A new working paper from Raj Chetty and his colleagues presents a model of how much innovation results from tax cuts. Their model suggests tax changes “have no impact on the decisions of star inventors,…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2019
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    Economic growth and…

    “Economic growth, while necessary, is insufficient to address many of the challenges of our 21st-century economy,” Abby McCloskey writes in National Affairs. She offers some policy suggestions to improve connections in community, make work pay, and reform entitlements to improve government finances. I don’t endorse all of them, but…
    Joseph Coletti, January 29, 2019
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    Is marriage about values or value?

    In his influential book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray made a compelling case for the cultural differences between affluent (white) Americans and working class (white) Americans. Among the differences were marriage and divorce rates. Wealthier whites marry and divorce at the same rates as in the past. Poorer whites marry…
    Joseph Coletti, January 28, 2019