Welfare (page 4)

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    Supply and demand for labor

    Economists Katharine Abraham and Melissa Kearney find that trade- and technology-induced reductions in the demand for labor are the primary reasons fewer young and prime-age adults were working in 2016 than in 1999. Higher minimum wages have made it more expensive to hire somebody. Disability insurance has made work…
    Joseph Coletti, July 11, 2018
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    Low-income students see little reason to graduate high school, so they don’t

    You may have heard of the Scared Straight program that sought to use prison visits to keep teens on the right side of the law. It did not. The effort is one of the few programs in the Results First database that had negative social returns on each…
    Joseph Coletti, July 10, 2018
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    Wal-Mart increases food security

    Wal-Mart may contribute to obesity with its low prices on packaged foods, but the choice of location for Wal-Mart Super Centers helps increase the availability of calories, which means poor children and families are less likely to go hungry. Middle-income families also have greater food security when Wal-Mart moves…
    Joseph Coletti, June 25, 2018
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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    ObamaCare health insurance exchanges aren’t working well

    “Half of the people who sign up for Obamacare (ACA) get a flurry of medical care, then drop out before a year is over,” Stanford economist John Cochrane writes in summary on a new working paper. “They can always sign up again if they need to. People who…
    Joseph Coletti, June 5, 2018
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    What is the value of large-scale interventions?

    A group of students from an elite private school and their teachers came by the office today to talk about poverty. I laid out the case for private responses (surely human nature makes a “solution” impossible) and for rolling back government regulations. Then came the question that always justifies government…
    Joseph Coletti, May 31, 2018
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    Dignity and respect in public policy

    What did the teachers gathered in Raleigh last week have in common with Pres. Donald Trump, besides an affinity for red clothing? The teachers’ union called the walkout a “Rally for Respect,” not just pay. And Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again” was seen as a way to restore…
    Joseph Coletti, May 22, 2018
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    You can’t get skinny by tightening your belt

    Peter Boettke discussed who should have the authority for different public functions in his address as president of the Southern Economic Association and in this week’s episode of EconTalk. It’s a big topic that raises important questions on freedom and community. Fortunately, Boettke worked closely with Richard Cornuelle on…
    Joseph Coletti, May 17, 2018