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Lawrence M. Wein. Credit: Nancy Rothstein
May 17, 2019
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Testing Rape Kits Saves Money and Stops Crime

Lawrence M. Wein finds that the benefits of testing outweigh the costs.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. Credit: Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein
April 24, 2019
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Roger McNamee: “Facebook Is Terrible for America”

Facebook’s loudest critic says social media profits by manipulating consumers.

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April 24, 2019
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Why Self-Regulation Can Pay Off

Companies that try to fix problems on their own may sidestep more onerous regulations in the future.

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Children drinking Coca-Cola. Credit: Reuters/Hazir Reka
March 22, 2019
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How to Design a Better Soda Tax

An analysis of Philadelphia’s sweet-drink “sin tax” finds a flaw in the system: Many people simply drive beyond city limits to buy their pop.

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What Happens to Local Jobs When State Taxes Go Up?

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Roger McNamee: “Facebook Is Terrible for America”

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Why Self-Regulation Can Pay Off

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How to Design a Better Soda Tax

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