Letting publicly traded US firms report earnings annually rather than quarterly would lead their executives to place more weight on longterm issues in their investments and other decisions.
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Expanding health insurance to more people through the ACA’s public subsidies and Medicaid expansion will reduce total healthcare spending in the economy.
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The median Greek citizen will be better off if there is a “yes” vote in the July 5 referendum on whether to accept the terms of the bailout package offered by Greece's creditors.
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There are so many possible scenarios in either case of a "yes" or "no" vote, no one has any idea of what can happen.

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Behavior in many complex and seemingly intractable strategic settings can be understood more clearly by working out what each party in the game will choose to do if they realize that the other parties will be solving the same problem. This insight has helped us understand behavior as diverse as military conflicts, price setting by competing firms and penalty kicking in soccer.
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Californians would be better off on average if all final users in the state paid the same price for water — adjusted for quality, place and time — even if, as a result, some food prices rose sharply and some farms failed.
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The Fed should wait until its preferred measure of inflation (Core PCE) is clearly rising — and not just forecast to rise — before it begins hiking interest rates.
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Declining to be vaccinated against contagious diseases such as measles imposes costs on other people, which is a negative externality.
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Costs would go down, Fed may keep rates low. But negative effects on oil exploration, production and potential future oil exports.

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There is a lot of room for improvement of the current system, but without any patents at all, there would be no incentives to innovate.

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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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Unlikely, if they pay a week later.

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Stock market has not gone down, so it seems that people are not too worried yet.

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This was clearly Fogel's main thesis, but it is not uncontroversial.

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The evidence on preschool initiatives has been very mixed.

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Raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour would make it noticeably harder for lowskilled workers to find employment.
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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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The experts disagree on the role of the Bank of Japan.

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The consequenses (economic and social) of a potential financial collapse would have been immense.

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In the short run, it seems uncontroversial.

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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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What does "macroeconomic" mean? The "macro" economy is an aggregation of micro untis. Of course the effects of any policy are uncertain.

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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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There are many ways to transfer wealth from the North to the South; default is not the only option.

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Structural reforms are essential. But again, default is not the only way to reduce the debt burden of Greece, etc...

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Outcomes need to be measured. But graduation rates can be manipulated. Employment outcomes are a better criterion.

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See: Crawford, G. and Ali Yurukoglu. 2012. "The Welfare Effects of Bundling in Multichannel Television Markets." AER, 102(2):643–85
see background information here 
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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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Structural reforms are needed, but there is a difference between austerity as punishment and welldesigned reforms.

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Most likely. But Germany might be able to find alterntives in Asia or emerging Europe.

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Increases in administrative overhead, expansion of facilities and rising health/pension costs have been more important.

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Lower spending and higher taxes imply slower growth. But alternative scenario would lead to higher deficit.

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Substantially lowering energy costs would make U.S. firms more competitive, but at a potentially veyr high environmental price.

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Cuba's economic policies were flawed, but cutting off a small country from the rest of the world has detrimental effects on its growth.

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It seems very likely it would increase debt relative to GDP, I don't know about GDP growth.

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It depends on so many things, it is impossible to predict.

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Torn about this. The term "unconscionably" seems too loose  is it a 20% or 500% markup? But the goods need to be allocated somehow.

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Then why not send mutliple terrorists to a flight? A subset would make it randomly through. Profiling is more effective than randomization.

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Free trade leads to more efficient outcomes in general, but gains from allowing resale would be distributed unequally

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While shareholders certainly benefited, borrowers faced lower interest rates too.

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MANY would be better off; but I don't know if "most" would be better off.

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US domestic policy has only tiny effects on the world price of oil. US foreign policy is probably more relevant than energy policy.

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General message of trade theory. But the question is how long the "long run" is.

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See my answer to question A. However, short and mediumrun effects of NAFTA, especially on employment and wages in the US, unclear.

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If the banking system had collapsed, unemployment would certainly have been higher in 2010.

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If licensing restrictions reflect training requirements, it is not clear that lowering training standards would be beneficial.

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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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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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Price controls create disincentives to increase supply. But without rent control, no one outside the top 1% would be left in Manhattan.

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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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Big discrepancy between CEO compensation and longterm shareholder returns.

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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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"Nonbinding" means the mandate has no teeth

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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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Too vague... It is not clear how this tax would be implemented.

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yes, especially if combined with an antidrug campaign similar to the campaign against smoking in the U.S.

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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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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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Lowers the price of health insurance encouraging excessive health care spending. Contributes to rising h.c.costs. Benefits higher incomes.

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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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Highly unlikely. Strict enforcement would lead to retaliation and trade wars, hurting US employment. Lax enforcement would have small effect

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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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Seems uncontroversial.

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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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Treating students as clients does not improve education. Evidence on voucher programs very mixed  no robust evidence of positive effects.

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A 1% increase seens too small to impact hours worked, productivity or consumption in the top bracket.

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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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Tremendous uncertainty around these projections. Also, given the complexity of the tax code, taxpayers find ways around specific rate hikes

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The decrease in long term rates is likely to promote growth, but a one percentage boost for 2012 seems excessively optimistic / unfounded.

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