Welfare (page 5)

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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
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    Legislation not needed: Payday Lending edition

    An essay in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription) provides a summary of two alternatives to payday loans that employers can provide to low wage workers with repayment taken directly from their paychecks. Benefit for employers is reduced turnover. Mixed blessing for employees provides a distinct advantage to big employers who…
    Joseph Coletti, May 14, 2018
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    Capitalism and the hole in your soul

    “Capitalism cannot provide meaning, spirituality, or sense of belonging. Those things are upstream of capitalism,” Jonah Goldberg writes in his new, optimistic book, Suicide of the West. Mitch has commented on Goldberg’s attribution of the modern miracle of liberty to John Locke. Goldberg explains what we’ve lost and why…
    Joseph Coletti, May 2, 2018
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    There is hope in small towns and there are challenges in cities

    Can we save the small towns and rural areas that are losing people to booming metropolitan areas? Gracy Olmstead explores the options and some of the overlooked costs and benefits what we leave behind may not be all bad, as we go out in search of greater gains: “The…
    Joseph Coletti, April 20, 2018
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    Big money for local solutions

    One of the nation’s newest philanthropic efforts, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and one of its oldest, the Rockefeller Foundation, are accepting registrations from local, private organizations around the country with the goal of giving a million dollars each (and technical assistance) to ten of them who are making a significant…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2018