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Stephan Seiler. Credit: Mike Elwell
September 13, 2019
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Do Soda Taxes Create Healthier Communities?

Data from Philadelphia tells the story.

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September 5, 2019
Written

Trump’s Trade Wars: “Very, Very Abnormal”

An expert on political economy explains what healthy trade relations look like and how China could exploit Trump’s vulnerability.

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The production line sits permanently shut-down, Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook
July 22, 2019
Written

What Happens to Local Jobs When State Taxes Go Up?

With states competing fiercely for business, even small increases in corporate rates will spur some firms to pull up stakes.

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A hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
July 18, 2019
Written

It Takes More Than Mass Protests to Drive Change

Social advocacy organizations have greater impact on federal legislation when their experts get to testify.

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A nurse demonstrates putting on a second pair of protective gloves, Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
July 12, 2019
Written

Why Hospitals Underreport the Number of Patients They Infect

The misclassification of hospital-acquired infections may be costing Medicare up to $200 million a year, a new study shows.
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Why “Uncertainty Shocks” Are Part of the Trump-Era Economy

A Stanford economist says that populist politicians have become a major source of economic uncertainty.
July 9, 2018
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Why Liberals and Libertarians Both Have It Wrong — And Right

Is the current economic malaise caused by income inequality, runaway regulation, or some combination of the two?
April 17, 2018
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Stephen Harper on America’s Immigration Problem, Free Trade, and Fighting Tough

The former Canadian prime minister takes a wide-lens view of world politics and his legacy.
April 12, 2018
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The Decline of the IPO

With fewer companies going public, corporate transparency gets murkier.
March 28, 2018
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The Case for a Danish-Style Safety Net

Businesses benefit when the government steps in to provide social benefits, a visiting scholar contends.
March 19, 2018
Written

Taking Advantage of the Tattletale Effect

Once the government sets product standards, let competitors — not regulators — test each other’s claims.
March 8, 2018
Written

Navigating the Shifting Seas of Global Government Oversight

Why a Stanford-trained entrepreneur sees gold in all that red tape.
March 2, 2018
Written

Should We Stop Licensing Doctors and Lawyers?

A new study shows that professional certification requirements benefit providers more than consumers.
December 4, 2017
Written

Tax Reform: Giving with One Hand and Taking with the Other

A new study by Stanford’s Rebecca Lester suggests that the GOP plan to cut corporate tax rates could also discourage risk-taking.
November 30, 2017
Written

Dealing With the Dominance of Corporate Lobbyists

In an era of “toothless” rules, the best fix might be as simple as paying congressional staffers more.