Less political choice means worse politicians. Continue reading The Political Impoverishment of America
The 2015 Census report indicates a recovering America. But household income data are reliably opaque. Continue reading Census Data Are Weird
There’s no shortage of lessons for us to learn from the unfolding Mylan scandal. It’s practically a study in the consequences of an uncompetitive market and bureaucratic cynicism. Among all the take-aways from this episode, there’s one thing that stands … Continue reading The Value of Inferior Products
Two leaked letters between staff and administrators at the Smith College School for Social Work have led to mass student protests of perceived institutional racism. Professors alleged that admissions staff were doing a disservice–particularly to minority students–by admitting unprepared students … Continue reading Smith College Protests: Beneath Outrage, Statistical Confusion
Given the historically unpopular candidates presented to us, 2016 should be the year Americans are encouraged to expand our political horizons. Instead, people interested in a non-binary choice this election face a litany of derisions and insistences that their political … Continue reading No, Voting Third Party Isn’t a Waste
A new study of 24 medical schools across 12 states by Dr. Anupam B. Jena, Andrew R. Olenski, and Daniel M. Blumenthal—all of Harvard Medical School—shows that male and female doctors are often paid disparate salaries, even when accounting for … Continue reading Doctor Paidless? Eh, Maybe.
The votes are counted and Britain has officially decided to leave the EU. Experts and elites on both sides of the Atlantic are roiling over the decision and predicting a sort of Valyrian Doom unfolding. Before we lose our heads, … Continue reading Brexit Doesn’t Have to Spell Disaster
Starting on January first of next year, the City of Philadelphia plans to impose a “soda tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce. The new law—already set to be challenged in court—has proved highly controversial, even within the political left where … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Public Health
On June 6, 2016, the New York Times ran this article claiming that Clinton had clinched the nomination the day before the California and five other states head to the polls to vote in the primaries. The article, based on … Continue reading Sanders Supporters: Why Fall in Line?
The debate over minimum wage is one of the most confused arguments in American public policy. Although on its face minimum wage appears to be a promising and simple idea, it is, in fact, a very bad policy that has … Continue reading Why Minimum Wage Fails and What Will Succeed