Andrew Hanson
Andrew Hanson
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Powerball: Why the Lottery is Idiotic

States should abolish lotteries like Mega Millions and Powerball. Lotteries take advantage of those who least understand the odds and can least afford to pay.

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MITx, Khan Academy, and Online Education Are No Substitute for In-School Learning

With the MITx launch, excitement is building around the promise of online DIY education. But its benefits may have been oversold.
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Cory Booker Rightly Bashes Obama Campaign Strategy; Liberals Overreact

Cory Booker rightly criticized the Obama campaign strategy to vilify private equity and got some heat from liberal circles. Progressives should embrace Booker as a Democratic leader.
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Ron Paul vs. Mitt Romney and President Obama: Who's Better for the Economy?

President Obama, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul each offer economic plans with strengths and weaknesses. Who's plan best addresses our current economic rut?
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Ron Paul Economic Theories Exposed By Paul Krugman in TV Debate

In a recent debate on Bloomberg TV, economist and New York Times pundit Paul Krugman debunked Ron Paul's bizarro economic theories.
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Barack Obama Bullies Mitt Romney and GOP into Supporting Student Loan Subsidy

President Obama effectively used the bully pulpit to pressure Republicans to pass a renewal of student loan subsidies. But are these subsidies a good idea?

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Buffet Rule Gives Americans What They Want: Higher Taxes on the Super Rich

The Buffett Rule makes the tax system fairer to poor, middle class, and wealthy citizens. Why should doctors and lawyers pay more than hedge fund managers?
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Millennials Can Use Medicare, Pension Cuts to Save Education

Previous generations have promised themselves generous retirements. Millennials should advocate cutting these programs to allow investments in education and technological innovation.
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Greater Urban Density Would Lead to Better, Diverse Schools

Several economists have highlighted the many benefits of greater density. But density would also create a positive impact on the secondary education system.
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Publicly Shaming Teachers Won't Help Them Get Better

Making teacher evaluations public won't help teachers improve their practice and could be counterproductive.
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Rick Santorum "Snob" Comments on Higher Education Only Fuel Culture War

Santorum hardly disagrees with Obama on higher education, his highly charged comments on higher education are part of a "culture war" political strategy.

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Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve Should Follow Milton Friedman's Lead and Set a Nominal Income Target

If we want to restore the economy to full employment, we need a regime change for monetary policy. The Fed's best option is to adopt a nominal income target.
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Rahm Emanuel Makes Courageous School Closings Decision to Shut Down 17 Failing Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools board decision to close failing schools has been met with hostility, but they showed courage to make this tough decision.
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Don't Blame Teachers For Poor Education System

An education policy that focuses on blaming bad teachers is bound to fail. By focusing our efforts on the Blame Bad Teachers game, we are missing an opportunity for real reform.
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Government Regulations Help Markets Work Better

The world is much safer today than it was 100 years ago, mostly because we are richer now, but also because we are comfortable imposing regulations that promote safety.
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A Better Tax System: The Progressive Consumption Tax

The progressive consumption tax encourages work and investment, discourages conspicuous consumption, and has support from economists on the left and right.

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Three Simple Reasons Why We Need Progressive Tax Rates

Conservatives argue for flat income and consumption taxes. But progressive tax rates are fairer, more efficient, and will lead to a happier society.
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Parents Are the Key to Success

Education reform proposals focusing on changing schools, but not on changing parents and households. Public policy must address parents' role in educational outcomes.
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Why Progressives Should Support School Choice

Progressives miss the potential benefits of school vouchers when defending public schools against conservative critics.
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Why the Death Penalty Isn't the Problem

In the wake of Troy Davis' execution, criticisms of the death penalty have been unconvincing, but do raise questions about the imperfections in the criminal justice system.