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What makes the U.S. economy grow? A look at consumer spending data offers a simple if perhaps troubling answer: Increasingly, it's people buying stuff they don't need. Any effort to separate wants from needs involves subjectivity. One … more
Would people smoke less if cigarettes were sold in plain packages? Early evidence from Australia, which has required them for three years, suggests they might. The plain packs – which prohibit design features and logos such as Marlboro's red and … more
Despite the gloomy headlines as of late, the stock market should be embraced. Stocks are one of the best investments available, but sadly few take advantage of the return offered. While tempting to shun stocks because of the recent chaos in the … more
The opening of Amazon.com's first brick-and-mortar store last week proves that software is not really "eating the world," as venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen put it in 2011. In his widely noted Wall Street Journal column about predatory … more
Can minimum wages improve productivity and innovation over the long run? Usually, it's detractors of the minimum wage who talk about the long term. Minimum-wage hikes tend to have only small or negligible effects on employment levels, but … more
Public health in the U.S. has come a long way from the 1960s, when almost half of adults were still smoking. Today that rate is 14.9 percent. The problem is, that's still far too high. Bolder steps to prevent and reduce tobacco addiction are needed … more
The World Economic Forum (best known for organizing the annual Davos shindig) just published its annual Gender Gap report. It makes for thoroughly depressing reading. On current trends, it will take 118 years before women's salaries equal those of … more
For all the alarm about the "rise of the robots," or "software eating the world" or the peril of climate change, one of the most pressing economic dangers of the future is getting short shrift: Landlords are eating the world. There is … more
It has now been nearly six years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2010, encouraging me to revisit with my business colleagues in Rhode Island the effects of the new law to this point. One thing is abundantly … more
Until now, the fight over health care reform has mostly been a battle over two numbers: how many Americans have insurance, and how much they pay in premiums. It may be time to think more seriously about a third number: out-of-pocket costs. … more
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