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Recent media reports and comments by President Barack Obama highlight a troubling fact about the United States today: all too often, your zip code determines your economic destiny more
In a recent Providence Business News Op-Ed (“Making manufacturing a priority will yield great rewards,” July 22), manufacturing in Rhode Island was lauded as one of our state’s economic-development strengths. Absolutely – manufacturing is our past, our present and our future. more
When I stepped down as the editor of Reason magazine in 2000, I had no idea I was leaving behind the business model of the future. more
Improving the U.S. health care system requires encouraging low-value doctors and hospitals to practice as well as high-value ones do. The gap between the two is wide, but that only shows how much room we have for improvement. more
President Barack Obama recently said that choosing the next chairman of the Federal Reserve is “definitely one of the most important economic decisions that I’ll make in the remainder of my presidency.” more
As an Expert Advisory Board member to the R.I. Health Benefits Exchange (now called HealthsourceRI), I literally counted the seconds to predict how quickly my well-respected colleague Ted Almon would echo the sentiments of single-payer advocate Howard Dean that “we should divorce employees from employer-sponsored health insurance” (“Does employer-sponsored health coverage make sense,” July 22, 2013). Mr. Almon further states that “employers do not need to be involved in the health care of their employees.” more
After a full year’s delay, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently lifted a ban on general solicitations for certain private-securities offerings. Yet in doing so, the commission proposed a set of rules – effective in late September – that threaten to institutionalize the very ban that was supposed to be eliminated. And it reinforced an unfair regulatory bias against less-wealthy investors that has persisted for far too long. more
I recently realized that Rhode Island is like the Chicago Cubs of the economic- development world. We never win the prize. more
In the popular imagination, scientists do their job by testing theories against the facts and deciding what’s right. In reality, what matters most is figuring out what’s wrong – an endeavor in which the economics profession has been failing spectacularly. more
It is widely assumed that people in economically “advanced” countries do not differ significantly in how satisfied they are with their jobs. Because they are about equally productive, the reasoning is, they must produce things the same way, and so their work experience must be the same, too. more
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