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"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Nils Bohr

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CBO has a good track record with a very difficult assignment. It errs, but not systematically or with partisan intent.

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H1B workers are mostly highpaid employees at profitable firms. Cutting H1Bs will reduce profits and total wage payments and therefore taxes

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H1Bs may slightly depress wages for highskill workers. But they don't lower total jobs and they likely raise total profits and wages.

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Hmm, Is this the most pressing economic issue of the moment? I wouldn't have thought so...

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Some policies likely to boost growth, at least temporarily. Others likely to suppress it. Hard to say!

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Alongside bad military advice, bad economic advice has harmed many nations, citizens and presidents. A CEA head should know some economics!

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Many of these actions will make the average American poorer over the long run. Whether the long run arrives within 10 years is uncertain.

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Policies that raise import prices, deregulate dirty industries, and launch big infrastructure projects will boost noncollege wages and jobs

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Taxing consumers to subsidize domestic production is bad economics and a violation of the WTO agreement.

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Labor demand curves are generally downward sloping

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Much U.S. wealth comes from innovation, and foreignborn STEM workers are a huge contributor to that efffort

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Like the mortgage interest deduction, the federal tax subsidy to employerprovided health insurance plans causes excess consumption.

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The U.S. has lead the world in measuring and understanding its own economy. Willfully blinding ourselves would be a step towards darkness

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BLS data are at the heart of good policy in both the public and private sectors. It's a bargain relative to the public and private value.

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Growing competition from China and Mexico has cost many manufacturing jobs in Ohio and Michigan. Weak negotiations are not the cause.

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Just another day's work for Ken Arrow

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Once unraveling begins, it decreases both the benefits of staying and costs of exiting for the next ambivalent country.

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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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It's imperfect and can be refined, but there's no question this approach contains useful predictive info.

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It's an okay start, but one could do much better! Why use a binary measure?

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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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First result from Oregon study: People with health insurance use more healthcare

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That's just a prior. No evidence yet

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I don't think the evidence supports the bold prediction that employment will be substantially lower. Not impossible, but no strong evidence.

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If it had any net positive effect, it would likely be very modest.

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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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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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Many ambiguous predictions, but broad insights of game theory are relevant to infinite # of domains.

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I think it's more likely than not given secular improvements in healthcare, longevity, technology, and air quality.

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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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Does not have to bankrupt farmers: they can be given water rights to resell. Coase Theorem applies.

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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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Tight labor markets raise many boats. Don't let the tide out prematurely.

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I would agree if I were certain that governors had their states' long term interests in mind when cutting tax deals. Not sure that's true.

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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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Well duh!

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We're still debating the impact of TFRA 86 on economic growth. Clearly, our confidence intervals are infinite for these predictions.

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I feel that this type of projection is unwise: firstorder impacts on policy but almost zero reliability. And it invites gaming.

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Only if you include agency problems among the "standard forces" of supply and demand.

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Not a lot of impulse spending among economists by my observation. You can charge them a lot for WiFi however.

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Perhaps in the very short run, but not in equilibrium.

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In general, Amazon is not using its monopsony to reduce supply. But in the case of Hachette books, it certainly is.

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Intervention could be as simple as a stern warning. At present, Amazon is heading towards a market position that is anticompetitive.

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Not clear yet if wealth inequality has risen in U.S: different data sources give different answers. Premature to identify cause of nonfact!

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Can never be certain, but evidence suggests that ARRA was effective in preventing the Great Recession from being even more calamitous.

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Preserving the Fed's autonomy is valuable. Imagine if Congress had been running the Fed during the Financial Crisis  certain disaster!

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I believe it in theory but I'm aware of no direct evidence after all these years.

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Net neutrality is a fiction. Hire Akamai (et al.) to mirror your servers worldwide to speed content to your users. One user: Healthcare.gov!
see background information here 
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Not a good experiment, but sanctions appear effective sometimes, e.g., Iran, South Africa.

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Not enough info to answer. Not in favor of a kidney market that sells to highest bidder. Other ideas maybe. Question is not actionable.

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Temporarily yes. Over the long run, no. Labor force participation has risen throughout most of the 20th century.

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Technology and trade/globalization are probably two largest factors. Would also include deunionization.

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That's a ridiculously high bar to cross, since no other period in human history has ever seen anything like the last 150 years!

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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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This is hearsay because I don't "do" monetary policy. But everything I've read says that Ben was extraordinarily creative and effective.

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Amazing that more things aren't price this way  they should be.

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Are you serious? Presents serve multiple interpersonal purposes. Revealed preference indicates that income transfer is not the primary one.

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College remains an excellent investment for most students, and the federal government is the appropriate lender for most borrowers.

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No question that this is effective. Whether it's Pareto improving is open to debate.

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This would primarily be a transfer from gas producers to U.S. industries and consumers. Welfare losses would probably be second order.

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Some will have low returns, of course. But the mean and median rate of return will likely be favorable.

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Taxpayers subsidize too much nonmeritorious activity through the tax writeoff. Tax liability should not fall 1for1 with charitable giving

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This is generically true, but we don't the threshold where it matters. And not clearly true for countries that borrow in their own currency.

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When countries adopt beggarthyneighbor trade/currency policies, bilateral trade agreements are a powerful tool for disciplining behavior

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Contemporary research has not reproduced the miracles seen in Perry, Abecedarian and Early Learning.

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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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I'm not aware of any strong evidence demonstrating this result.

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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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Decades of research on the minimum wage in the U.S. find that the distortionary effects are quite small.

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The question contains its own answer.

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Targeted sectoral subsidies almost always a special interest boondoggle. And why does small business helps average citizen more than large?

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Not certain that inflation faced by elderly corresponds perfectly to inflation faced by urban wage earners and clerical workers.

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Taxing negative externalities reduces economic distortions; taxing labor creates them. This is the tax equivalent of a free lunch!

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With or w/o Medicare, it's hard to do a budget that fixes federal deficits over 10 yrs. But ignoring Med makes it easier than it should be!

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Rising health care costs are the greatest threat to U.S. fiscal solvency (that we know of) looking over multiple decades.

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Long term unemployed workers are costly; many collect SSDI. Aiding GM was likely a cost effective welfare/employment program, all else aside

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Putting costs aside, this is almost certainly true since many displaced workers would not have found reemployment by now in bad economy.

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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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Holding wages constant, manufacturing jobs appeal more to noncollege males, the group whose employment rate is falling most rapidly.

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Unclear if R&D credits induce R&D at the margin or mostly reward inframarginal R&D. I prefer govt fund basic research directly (NIH, NSF).

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Obamacare is a risky step into the unknown; The alternative of vouchercare is a faithbased exercise, already disproved by the evidence.

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There is no evidence that private sector is more effective at healthcare cost control than public sector. Privatization only shifts costs.

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See work of Diamond and Saez in JEP: The Case for a Progressive Tax: From Basic Research to Policy Recommendations
see background information here 
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My fear is that the distortions from relabeling the potential gains from lower capital taxes in the second best world in which we live.

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Main reasons: diffs in social prefs and differ in priors about "elasticity" of responses to taxes + regs. Most agree on signs not magnitudes

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See the persuasive article by Robert NovyMarx and Joshua Rauh in the Journal of Economic Perspectives in 2009.
see background information here 
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This is always and everywhere true.

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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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FM Scherer did a cogent analysis of the Sugar Quota system as a Harvard Kennedy School case many years ago.

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See Deming, Goldin and Katz 2012 in Journal of Economic Perspectives
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Unlikely to have an impact, but worth evaluating!

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Papers by Goolsbee, Ellison and Ellison, and Einav and Levin show that this is unambiguously correct.

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The mixture of rising government spending on healthcare and extremely low U.S. taxrates is unsustainable.

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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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Not aware of any evidence in recent history where tax cuts actually raise revenue. Sorry, Laffer.

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Please see my paper with David Dorn and Gordon Hanson, "The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Impacts of Import Competition in the U.S."
see background information here 
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Maybe top colleges set a price at whatever insurer (or government lender) will pay then charge a copay to extract remaining surplus...

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Nevertheless, I'd rather go over the 'fiscal cliff' than renew our irresponsible and unsustainable spenddon'ttax policies.

Agree  7 
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Natural gas prices will fall, but this may affect world price as much as U.S. price. Not sure whether U.S. production affects U.S. price.

Disagree  5 
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Cuba is stuck in the 1950s primarily due to its internal policies not external constraints.

Agree  6 
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Lifespans are getting substantially longer. Working lives must get somewhat longer too to cover the cost of decadeslong retirements.

Agree  7 
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Raising employer costs does not create more employment.

Disagree  6 
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It's generally efficient to use the price mechanism to allocate scarce goods, e.g., umbrellas on a rainy day. Banning this is unwise.

Disagree  6 
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Giving TSA officers discretion is a good idea; simply randomizing some procedures does not prevent terrorists learning

Uncertain  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Worry: only families willing to supplement the public subsidy would get excellent education for their kids. This is what happens in Chile.

Uncertain  6 
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That's one drawback but not necessarily the main one. I'm worried about equilibrium quality of schools that don't charge topups.

Agree  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Uncertain  5 
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Agree  8 
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Not sure how to compare the gains to consumers with long run effects on employment. They might both be positive!

Agree  8 
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NAFTA was small potatoes relative to rising China trade. My hunch is that both costs and benefits were modest.

Agree  6 
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Lots of evidence that occupational licensing is excessive. But I cannot speak specifically about the medical profession.
see background information here 
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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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Rent control discourages supply of rental units. Incumbent renters benefit from capped prices. New renters face reduced rental options.

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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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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I weakly disagree. I suspect that this requirement is ineffective  so it silences some critics without solving any agency problems.

Uncertain  5 
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It's not the only factor. Two others: slowing supply of skilled workers, and (probably) distorted paysetting at the very top.

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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Strongly Disagree  8 
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See "The High Cost of Free Parking" by Donald Shoup
see background information here 
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See Chris Knittel's forthcoming paper in Journal of Economic Perspectives on this topic: Reducing Petroleum Consumption from Transportation

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See AER paper by Carlos Dobkin and Nancy Nicosi on price effects of the U.S. government's disruption of the methamphetamine market
see background information here 
Agree  8 
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Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Criminal enforcement for minor marijuana infractions is a waste of societal resources.

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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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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We need consumers of healthcare to be *less* insulated from the price system, not more. The tax credit provides insulation and subsidy!

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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Hard to believe this does much at all. But I'm speaking based on my prior. I've not seen any rigorous analysis.

Disagree  5 
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Experts are generally no better than the rest of us  often worse.

Strongly Agree  8 
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We were in a bubble. There were not enough future profits in the world to justify those prices.

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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That is my understanding, but this is secondhand information, not my area of expertise.

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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Maddeningly sweeping! Some students would benefit and the average effect might indeed be positive. But some students would surely be harmed.

Uncertain  6 
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We are nowhere near the downward sloping side of the Laffer curve.

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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Unfortunately, not enough income there to do it (I think)

Disagree  7 
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1pct increase in real GDP growth is a huge effect! If only it were that easy...

Disagree  4 