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Disagree  5 
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Many other factors affect inequality including technological change, globalization, increasing returns to education, and others.

Disagree  6 
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Strongly Agree  8 
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Agree  5 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  6 
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The part I am uncertain about is whether lower energy costs are likely to have a significant effect on the competitiveness of U.S. exports.

Uncertain  5 
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Agree  6 
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Such a policy would undermine the independence of the Federal Reserve.

Disagree  7 
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Agree  8 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  6 
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The broadband industry does not seem to be very competitive, so allowing it to charge more to content providers may not improve the market.

Uncertain  5 
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Uncertain  7 
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Agree  7 
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Rising health care costs may actually be more important for the median worker.

Uncertain  6 
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Informed postmortems of Ben Bernanke’s Fed chairmanship will judge favorably the Fed's creative and aggressive policy initiatives from autumn 2008 through early 2009.
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Agree  7 
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Agree  8 
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Gifts serve many functions such as signalling regard and demonstrating social ties with the recipient. Cash transfers don't do this as well

Disagree  7 
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Agree  5 
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Agree  6 
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Strongly Agree  9 
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It is important for the Fed to be able to operate with a minimum of political interference.

Strongly Disagree  7 
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Quantitative easing has had to substitute for fiscal stimulus in this recovery, so it should not be ended while it is still needed.

Agree  5 
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Disagree  5 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  7 

Uncertain  5 
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Provides modest subsidies to students but still stabilizes cost of the program (since cost of loans to govt exceeds govt cost of borrowing).

Uncertain  5 
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The wording implies that distortion is bad, but the point of the charitable deduction is to encourage charity, ie to "distort" behavior.

Agree  6 
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Returns are highest for quality programs for disadvantaged children, many of whom are already being served through Head Start & state progs.

Uncertain  4 
Raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour would make it noticeably harder for lowskilled workers to find employment.
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Past minimum wage increases have not had large disemployment effects, but we are still suffering high unemploment so effects may be worse.

Uncertain  5 
The distortionary costs of raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour and indexing it to inflation are sufficiently small compared with the benefits to lowskilled workers who can find employment that this would be a desirable policy.
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Given that we have a minimum wage, indexing it would make a lot of sense.

Uncertain  5 
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It might be easy for technocrats to devise a plan, but it seems very difficult to get politicians to do so.

Agree  7 
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Health care costs are driving the growth in the deficit.

Agree  7 
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Agree  6 
The economic benefits to the U.S. of having a
handful of banks with balance sheets greater than $1 trillion are small.
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Disagree  6 
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Medicare is such an important market that providers will not be able to turn their backs on these patients.

Agree  6 
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The market for health care is not competitive. Under this proposal prices will increase, leaving seniors unable to afford care.

Agree  6 
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Agree  8 
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Agree  7 
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Uncertain  5 
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Agree  7 
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Agree  7 
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Uncertain  5 
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Uncertain  3 

Uncertain  5 
Even if inflationary
pressures rise substantially as a result of quantitative easing and low
interest rates, the Federal Reserve has ample tools to rein inflation back in
if it chooses to do so.
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Agree  5 
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Agree  7 
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Strongly Agree  8 
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Disagree  5 
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Agree  7 
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Uncertain  5 
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Agree  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Sugary drinks are subsidized by U.S. farm policy and are an important factor in overweight among children, leading to overweight adults.

Uncertain  5 
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Agree  7 
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Agree  5 
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It is not possible to solve U.S. budget problems without addressing the high cost of medical care and increasing taxes.

Agree  8 
Assuming that Germany eventually agrees to backstop the debt of southern European countries, the eurozone as a whole will be better off if that bailout is unconditional, rather than accompanied by the labor market reforms and future budget controls that Germany is demanding of countries in return.
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Disagree  6 
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Uncertain  5 
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Agree  6 
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Uncertain  5 
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Disagree  7 

Strongly Disagree  7 
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Agree  8 
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Agree  8 

Agree  8 
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Uncertain  5 
Productivity measured as students per professor may have decreased, but research productivity may have increased.

Uncertain  5 
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Agree  7 
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Energy costs are set largely in the world market. Moreover, environmental degradation could make areas less competitive in the long run.

Disagree  5 
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Agree  7 
Sanctions are not perfectly binding, and other countries subject to U.S.sanctions have continued to grow.

Agree  6 
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Agree  8 
People are living longer healthier lives, which means that retirement ages should be going up not down.

Agree  7 
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Uncertain  7 
There are many ways for employers and employees to evade these types of regulations, so the net effect is uncertain.

Disagree  6 
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Disagree  6 
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Uncertain  5 
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Without controls, scalpers may buy up all tickets and sell them at high prices. High income people gain, but low income people lose.

Agree  7 
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Agree  6 

Uncertain  5 
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Not clear what the general eq. effects might be, especially if parents have difficulty assessing the quality of new schools.

Uncertain  6 
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Agree  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Agree  8 
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Agree  8 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  6 
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Agree  5 
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Agree  7 
Taking into account all of the ARRA’s economic consequences — including the economic costs of raising taxes to pay for the spending, its effects on future spending, and any other likely future effects — the benefits of the stimulus will end up exceeding its costs.
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Uncertain  6 
Local ordinances that limit rent increases for some rental housing units, such as in New York and San Francisco, have had a positive impact over the past three decades on the amount and quality of broadly affordable rental housing in cities that have used them.
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Disagree  5 

Disagree  6 
The typical chief executive officer of a publicly traded corporation in the U.S. is paid more than his or her marginal contribution to the firm's value.
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Agree  6 

Uncertain  4 
Mandating that U.S. publicly listed corporations must allow shareholders to cast a nonbinding vote on executive compensation was a good idea.
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Agree  6 

Uncertain  5 
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Strongly Agree  2 
Increasing demand for skill is an underlying factor driving increased inequality though institutional changes are also important.

Agree  7 
If the US replaced
its discretionary monetary policy regime with a gold standard,
defining a "dollar" as a specific number of ounces of gold, the
pricestability and employment outcomes would be better for the average
American.
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Disagree  2 

Strongly Disagree  8 
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Agree  6 

Strongly Agree  9 
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Agree  8 
Congestion creates many externalities, including the health costs of pollution.

Strongly Agree  8 
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Agree  7 

Strongly Agree  7 
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Agree  8 

Agree  8 
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Uncertain  7 
This is an empirical question. Depends ion how the law affects social acceptance of drugs, whether soft drugs are gateway drugs, etc.

Agree  5 
Credible assumptions for
inflation, GDP growth and primary budget deficits in Italy imply that either
the DebttoGDP ratio in Italy would increase sharply if Italian
interest rates on 10year government debt remained at the November 30
level of around 7 percent or Italy would lose access to the bond
market.
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No Opinion 

Agree  6 
Absent outside help to deal
with runs, such as a pledge of fiscal support from Germany or an unlimited
commitment by the ECB to buy bonds, there is no spendingandtax plan
Italy can announce that would be credible enough
to hold its interest rates low enough to stabilize its
DebttoGDP ratio.
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No Opinion 

Uncertain  5 
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Disagree  8 
Subsidizing health insurance through the tax system causes people to be "overinsured," and causes the system to cater to the overinsured.

Strongly Disagree  8 
Federal mandates that
government purchases should be “buy American” unless there are exceptional
circumstances,
such as in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, have a significant positive impact on U.S. manufacturing employment.
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Disagree  6 
If the "buy American" clause raises the price of public works, then fewer of them will be undertaken, which will undercut the mandate.

Disagree  5 
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Agree  7 
A caveat is that moving from the current system to one without interest deductions could be disruptive.

Agree  7 
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Agree  7 
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Agree  8 

Strongly Agree  8 
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No Opinion 
This is not my area of expertise.

Disagree  7 
The Chinese government
pursues policies that keep the renminbi's exchange rate vis à vis the dollar
lower than it would be if the currency floated without those policies.
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Agree  5 

Agree  6 
Public school students would receive
a higher quality education if they all had the option of taking the government
money (local, state, federal) currently being spent on their own
education and turning that money into vouchers that they
could use towards covering the costs of any private school or public school of
their choice (e.g. charter schools).
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Disagree  8 
More motivated and able students would take advantage of the vouchers, but the students left behind would likely be worse off.

Uncertain  6 
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Agree  8 
There are many people in the top bracket, and while some would be able to change their behavior to offset the increased tax, not all would.

Agree  8 
The cumulative budget shortfalls in the US over the next 10 years can be reduced by half (or more) purely by increasing the federal marginal tax rate on ordinary income for those in the top tax bracket.
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Disagree  8 
Medicare (and to a lesser extent Social Security) are big drivers of the deficit, so changes are necessary to bring it under control.

Disagree  7 
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Uncertain  2 

Disagree  4 