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Community College: What is the Right Price?

Reihan Salam writes, Texas A&M economist Jonathan Meer kindly pointed me to their recent work on net prices — that is, net tuition and fees after grant aid — for students attending public institutions, including community colleges. It turns out … Continue reading

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Reihan Salam on Melting Pot Failure

He writes, I’ve gone from being a rah-rah enthusiast for mass immigration to one who is more skeptical of its virtues. That’s because I think the melting and fusing of different ethnic groups is essential to building a more cohesive … Continue reading

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Gregory Clark on Immigration and Income Distribution

Self-recommending, although I could raise many objections to his conclusion. Some excerpts: There is reason to believe that many recent migrants to both the United States and Europe will have a much more difficult time than their predecessors. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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Reihan Salam interviews Lane Kenworthy on Poverty Policy

Interesting interview, difficult to excerpt. The focus is on comparisons of U.S. policy with those of other countries. For example, Kenworthy says Unemployment benefit levels are determined by state governments. In many instances, the benefit level is a “replacement rate,” … Continue reading

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Callie Gable on Avikcare

She writes, Roy’s plan changes the structure of Obamacare’s subsidies by benchmarking them to a high-deductible plan with a health-savings account — providing a powerful incentive for people to move into consumer-driven health plans. The HSA would be funded in … Continue reading

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Another Alternative to the FDA Process

Alex Tabarrok writes, MelaFind was submitted for marketing approval in Europe in May 2011. It was approved just five months later. One key reason for Europe’s efficient approval process is that European governments don’t review medical devices directly. Instead they … Continue reading

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Doubts About Devolution

Callie Gable finds that John J. DiIulio, Jr., has concerns with Paul Ryan’s idea of turning anti-poverty funds to the states. He mentions Pennsylvania’s Summer Food Service Program, a federal program intended to replace the nutrition kids get during the … Continue reading

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Robert Doar on the Ryan Plan

He says, He left out Medicaid, I think, because he recognizes that he couldn’t commit to preserving funding levels for it because it’s unrealistic as a fiscal matter. Unless we address Medicaid’s spending trajectory, we won’t be able to address … Continue reading

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Oren Cass on Paul Ryan

He writes, Ryan excludes Medicaid from his Opportunity Grants. But truly untangling the safety net requires disassembling Medicaid and allowing that funding to be reallocated, either to new healthcare programs or in some instances to different ends entirely. Our current … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan on Education Policy

Federal education spending tends to be concentrated on programs, such as Head Start, that are political sacred cows but notoriously ineffective. Ryan would replace these with block grants, presumably hoping that at least some states will spend the money more … Continue reading

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