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Aside from the redistribution of wealth, hard to see this changing much.

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Better idea. Amend the constitution to require 6% growth, 2% inflation and full employment. And all 4 foot putts are gimmes.

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Almost chose "uncertain" just to mess with the organizers.

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Seems most likely outcome.

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I don't understand the premise. We create tools but no one learns how to use them?

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The key word is "could". In the recent years the gains from tech have not trickled down much in terms of money.

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This is a no brainer. Deferred maintenance always costs you more in the end, not to mention safety issues.

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Less certain because a deficit exploding tax cut will cause some problems but still, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Question has one word too many: "invariably". Replace that with nearly always and I am all in.

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Of course there is no actual plan but the vague outline is a great deficit stimulus.

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Explaining any short term movement in stock prices is a fools game, but this explanation is a plausible one.

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It is hard to know what Trump's policies will be since he contradicts himself repeatedly, but he shows no signs of understanding economics.

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Publications neither necessary nor sufficient to be good CEA chair. Jason Furman has few but has been excellent.

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Bigger does not always mean worse. As a United flier ny consumer surplus went up when they merged with Continental. Don't know here.

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Impossible to answer without knowing more. What are the alternative revenue sources?

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Quarterly question aimed at weeding out respondents who are asleep or don't believe in supply and demand. Or course magnitudes unknown.

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Clearly high skill labor increases economic growth though not equally.

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This assumes they go through with it. Hoping reason prevails.

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This is bad for the EU even if sanity is restored and especially if the Brexit process begins. Could unravel.

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This is a dumb question. We are not going to eliminate Social Security and Medicare etc.

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How would anyone know? Must be wrong but which way?

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There is nothing in economics or psychology that suggests that being "tougher" gets more. See ultimatum game.

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Arrow proved this. Like asking if 2+2=4.

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Yes, stuff can happen. Follows from question 1.

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Supply and demand.

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I am 100% sure I don't know the answer. EU could crash. What deal does UK strike? There are many unknown unknowns.

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Ah, there is always a key word in these. This time it is "substantially". The sign seems right but no clue about the magnitude.

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.25 bps doesn't matter much either way. It is the slope that matters. Go slow I say.

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Congress gave them no choice. We should have been borrowing at negative r and building infrastructure. And no inflation in sight.

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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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Recent working paper says yes. http://bit.ly/1HgC0lg

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Again see http://bit.ly/1HgC0lg

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Imperfect but useful tool.

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As usual, the key word here is "good".

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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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Obviously could go either way.

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Empirical evidence suggests the effects on employment would be modest.

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Again, any effects are likely to be small.

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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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Both options are completely unspecified, and neither looks attractive. Both sides could use some negotiations training.

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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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As with much of rational choice theory, Nash equilibrium defines a benchmark to which behavior can be compared. No theory, no anomalies.

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Define substantial. Agree that CPI overstates inflation.

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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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Cost of waiting too long < cost of shooting too soon. Those predicting imminent inflation have been wrong for years.

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I don't see how anyone can have an opinion about this without data. A $1 tax break is worth it. $100B not. In between?

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Again data would be nice. Competition is good but unraveling is bad. Which is this? Transparency would help.

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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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This is one of the periodic questions designed to see whether respondents are awake. True by definition.

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Costs increase with the opt out rate. It would be possible to increase the vaccination rate short of a mandate by making opting out harder.

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Of course this is right. But magnitudes matter a lot.

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In most cases we know very little. Chetty et al Danish study finds tax effects explain 1% of saving, design 99%.

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If done honestly, maybe, but the temptation to tilt would be strong. It is the rare tax cut that increases tax revenues.

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Need data to answer.

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When the chooser is not the user then bad outcomes are common. My views are captured here: http://bit.ly/1Cql4mR

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Only safe prediction is that those who make money via tips fear the AEA. Economists known to be bad tippers.

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Seems like the right answer to this question is: it depends.

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Skeptical that we would see much given how much cash companies are already holding.

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Again, don't see why this would happen.

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Amazon greatly increases the availability of most books, esp academic books, but is making it hard to get some books. So how to answer?

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Too vague to answer. What sort of regulation? By whom?

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A bug in the system prevents me from stating that I am 100% sure that I don't know the answer to this question.

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But Uber needs to be careful about surge pricing in emergencies, people care about fairness as much as efficiency.

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I suppose this is right, but there is some much uncertainty about how things would play out that I have no confidence in any predictions.

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Same is true for private sector!

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Isn't oil a global commodity?

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I can't think of any agency in government that would work better with greater supervision from Congress

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In some fields they seem to impede innovation. I applaud Tesla's recent decision to release all their patents.

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This is the domain in which the patent system seems to be in most need of reform.

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But only suffer if there are enough nondiscriminating firms.

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Might be U shaped

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Seems like those who cause congestion should pay more. I know some worry that ISPs will play favorites, but that should be preventable.

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I thought we had learned the lesson that low interest rates do not assure low risk.

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Pay would go up for stars, unless the schools could collude, as they do now. More interesting question: should the athletes be paid? Yes

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I don't trust my memory to run a mental regression with sanctions on the right hand side. In principle, there should be sanctions that work

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How should we incorporate the fact that nearly all noneconomists hate this idea? Do we declare them wrong and proceed?

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I don't know how anyone could have any confidence in this sort of prediction. Good that no one can be proven wrong.

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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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Hard to predict what hindsight will suggest, but it think he did well in extremely difficult times.

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Uber's ability to increase supply in the short run appears small so price increase may be mostly a transfer to Uber.

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Is this a trivial price theory quiz or an interesting behavioral question.? To test price theory, try a cash gift next Valentine's day.

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No way to answer this without knowing the definition of "many" and "substantially" plus some facts.

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The annual test to see whether panelists are awake.

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Giving away the status of "risk free" to make a political point is the height of stupidity.

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Ain't got no tea leaves.

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Guessing what conventional economic reasoning suggests is not in my wheel house. Social returns to student loans is probably high.

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Finally a question which I am qualified to answer.

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Fogel and Engerman make a convincing case.

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Presumption should favor free trade.

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Borrowing at negative interest rates and high unemployement rates to stop bridges from collapsing is as close as we get to a no brainer.

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All depends on what you mean by many. Any portfolio of projects will included duds, in both private and public sector. Change many to some.

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The current system stinks. Why subsidize contribtions mostly of rich homeowners? Either kill it or make it a % credit that applies to all.

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Yes I suppose so, but what of it?

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Poor question. Trade deals are negotiated. The word "refusing" is an odd choice.

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If the question is whether the average is less than the max, then not interesting. And no idea how to interpret "much". Right Q: is NPV>0

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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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Yes, I know the Econ 101 answer but the evidence suggests the effect on employment is between small and 0,.

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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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All methods of helping the poor cause distortions. This one not bad.

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This is a no brainer. You can't be serious about "job creators" without supporting reform here.

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The debt ceiling is a dumb idea with no benefits and potentially catestrophic costs if ever used.

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Maybe I am missing something but I see no particular reason why this sector should be favored.

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Hard to say without knowing about healthcare costs.

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Great on effiency but not on progressivity so you have to get that right elsewhere.

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arithmetic

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ditto. Real issue should be to abolish the 10 year window and especially misleading attempts to disguise things via "temporary" tax cuts.

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Many details could have been improved but you could do nothing.

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There was no private money available.

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Seems right. Like the tax idea at rate that increases above some threshold.

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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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This or any other "industrial policy" is only as good as the implementation.

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Again impossible to say without details. Would prefer lower tax rate and broader tax.

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Of course, there is no such thing as a risk free lunch.

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This one is more substantive. It is like changing from an indexed DB plan to a nominal DC plan. Worse, adds risks that states default!

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Agree. More generally too much weight is given to the jobs numbers. How about if we evaluate a president by the return on the stock market

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See Romney, Mitt.

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If you tax investment income what will people do? Stuff their money in the mattress?

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duh

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Why it is a terrible idea to shift the residual risk of Medicare costs to states, many of which are already in virtual default.

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don't know and will never know. Economy is likely to start growing at some point and no one will know what caused it.

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Inflation risk still seems low.

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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The first half of the statement is surely true. I have no idea whether emissions are significantly reduced so can't answer the question.

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Of course we should have a carbon tax or the equivalent. Taxes with negative dead weight loss are good things!

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uncle Sam as sugar daddy.

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Presumes facts that I do not know to be true.

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Hard to know without more details. The no brainer is to require better disclosure. You should have asked about that.

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Not sure about this policy. Would be very confusing to investors who (wrongly) think of these as bank accounts rather than investments.

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Seems like this could ENCOURAGE runs.

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Bad question. Taxes unlikely to work if low but big cigarette takes reduce consumption and peoplle don't substitute other smoke!

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Seems right to level the playing field.

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Both prix fixe and a la carte have their place. But to paraphrase Mark Knofler, I want my, I want my, I want my Daily Show.

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Arithmetic. And too unlikely that Congress will find cuts elsewhere such as farm and oil subsidies and DoD.

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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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All these questions require better knowledge of details than I possess.

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I assume you mean relative to "current law".

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That's a Laffer!

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Seems like this would vary a lot among fields.

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No brainer.

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Seems right but I cannot think of any good reason to maintain this boycot. Hurts US biz interests and Cuban people.

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Not needed. Big firms hold prices firm. "Entrepreneurs" with trucks help meet supply. Are the latter covered? If so, bad.

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Of course mixed strategy is better. Most of what TSA does is just barn door closing or for show. Reinforcing the cockpit door did a lot.

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Sounds reasonable but I don't know enough to have a real opinion.

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This problem is made worse if schools can be selective

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Not my area but it seems like it had to have helped.

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Pharmacists must be the most underemployed professionals. Lots of schooling to count pills. In France they actually do stuff.

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If Bob Shiller had succeeded in making it possible to short real estate markets, some of the bubbles might have been abated.

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Even clearer by 2011. Why ask about 2010 when much of the stimulus is slow acting? The stimulus project on my way to work just finishing.

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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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The part of the economy where we are still losing jobs is gov employment. Gov can create its own recession by being short sighted.

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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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Next questions: does the sun revolve around the earth.

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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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2 Reasons: 1. Winner's curse. 2 asymetric payoffs (CEO wins when things go well and does not suffer when things go sour. Combo = overpay.

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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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More transparency is good. Better would be to require disclosure of the process consultants use to set pay. Benchmarking is anit market.

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Compared to what? More than 1% have good tech skills. Education disparities and tax policies surely more important.

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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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Why tie to gold? why not 1982 Bordeaux?

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Of course the use of the tax revenue is key. Question: why do no GOP candidates favor such policies? Answer: more anti tax than pro market

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Since a carbon tax is politically infeasible how about hiking the gas tax by a dollar and then index it. We now have a negative carbon tax.

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A test of whether the panel is awake.

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War on drugs dumber than invading Iraq in search of WMDs. Treat pot like booze. Would also lower prison population.

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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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Above my pay grade.

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Yes the tax causes distortions but without Obamacare or some equivalent, we need health insurance provided by employers.

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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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Can't just drop this suddenly given the state of the housing market so best to phase it out very gradually.

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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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Not my area.

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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Hurray for charter schools but to go to full vouchers it is necessary to deal with possible unraveling if no schools want the bottom kids.

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The Laffer curve should have stayed on the napkin.

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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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Only a small part of the puzzle. Tax reform anyone?

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Not a monetary economist. No idea.

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