Education and Economics

Education and Economics

Opinion
Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?
By HELEN F. LADD and EDWARD B. FISKE
Published: December 11, 2011
Federal education policy seems blind to the relationship between poverty and student performance.

Where is all the Poverty?

Where is all the Poverty?

Poverty Should Have Risen
That poverty did not increase during the recession demonstrates that government policies were providing too much help and taking away incentives to work, an economist writes.

Property Rights and Economics

Property Rights and Economics

Economic Scene; A study looks at squatters and land titles in Peru.

By Alan B. Krueger
Published: January 09, 2003

AN estimated 400 million to 600 million people worldwide are squatters, living on land they have no legal right to occupy, usually on the outskirts of cities. Urban squatting poses a growing economic problem in less-developed countries.

Marginal Thinking and Cancer

Marginal Thinking and Cancer

Cancer Funding: Does It Add Up?
Should cancer spending be based on death rates, incidence rates or both?

Figting Crime with Marginal Thinking

Figting Crime with Marginal Thinking

Economic View
A Smarter (and Cost-Efficient) Way to Fight Crime
By ROBERT H. FRANK
Published: October 4, 2009
Focusing on one group of offenders to raise the chance that they will be caught, then moving on to another group, can be effective.

Rationality and Economics

Rationality and Economics

Books
Two Brains Running
By JIM HOLT
Published: November 25, 2011
In the conflict between intuitive and rational decision-making, which side wins?

Fairness in Economics

Fairness in Economics

The Triumph of the Social Animal
Does fairness matter? The answer is yes, according to a growing body of research that shows the importance of fairness and trust to human behavior, and its impact on the economy.