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Peter R. Orszag

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Improve medical care by tracking artificial hips

To obtain better value for health-care dollars, it’s important to evaluate in detail which ones are well-spent and which are not. The $150-billion-a-year market...

Warren has her own idea to expand trade with Asia

News flash: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ardently favors a policy change that could materially expand trade with Asia and lower the prices...

Can employers help to shrink smoking’s income gap?

The income gap between smokers and nonsmokers has grown. And it’s something companies may need to address directly in their efforts to help employees...

Hospitals that cost more don’t provide better care

The good news about health care spending continues. In the first nine months of this fiscal year, Medicare spending increased only 1.2 percent in...

Earn more, be happy by coming of age in boom times

It’s bad luck to be born 20 years before a time of high unemployment. It affects your income when you enter the workforce, naturally,...

Better ways than a wealth tax to shrink inequality

In the hoopla over whether Thomas Piketty’s data on growing global inequality are correct, an important question about how to address the problem has...

Fear of failure undermines economy and government

American children are having fewer accidents than they once did, and our natural inclination is to cheer the news. The rate of “nonfatal fall...

Health care reform may change rate-setting dynamics

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...

Why are so many college graduates driving taxis?

It’s a parent’s nightmare: shelling out big money for college, then seeing the graduate unable to land a job that requires high-level skills. This...

Cities need resilience to face future superstorms

Whether or not Hurricane Sandy had a connection to climate change, the latter will make future Hurricane Sandys more common, imposing enormous costs on...
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