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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
As an intern admitting emergency-room patients to a Cincinnati hospital, I saw it happen again and again: Late-stage cancer patients in the midst of medical crises would roll into our ER in need of a ventilator as expected complications mounted. more
Suppose you went into the street and hit passersby with some breaking news: “Listen,” you say, “derivatives and other exotic financial products can sometimes make financial markets less stable and more prone to crises. What do you think about that?” more
We frequently hear about the U.S. unemployment rate, particularly when the monthly jobs report comes out. Yet another frequently cited statistic says that there are nearly 4 million jobs currently unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. As our young people contemplate various job opportunities and choose career paths that align with their interests and aspirations, many may not be considering careers in fields that offer them significant opportunity. more
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