Loss of Certainty at the Fed


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To taper or not to taper: that is the question that has defined the Federal Reserve, market participants, and the public debates over monetary policy throughout the last twelve months. Following the start of the third round of Quantitative Easing

Bringing Democracy into the Global Agriculture Arena


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The problems embedded in the world agriculture situation have been popularly labeled as “food insecurity” or “hunger,” and these terms have risen on the international agenda particularly since the 2008 global food crisis. What’s glaringly missing, however, is any sense

The (Unusually) Long Road to Recovery


Recoveries after recessions in the past have been speedy, but the great recession’s recovery has bucked this trend. A variety of factors came together to make this comeback particularly tricky.


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Hot Pizza and Sour Grapes: How the Hostility Towards the Employer Mandate is All Wrong


        Once again, a pizza man came to the forefront of the nation’s debate over Obamacare’s employer mandate.  With the requirement for large businesses to provide affordable health care to their employees being rolled out in 2014, Continue reading…

A Closer look at Political Campaigns: Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District


There was no shortage of hotly contested political races in the 2012 election. Ranging from the historic presidential election down to the regional races, the 2012 political campaigns certainly had their hands full.

Of the handful of battleground states that Continue reading…

Government Incentives: Boom or Bust?

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The Oregon state legislature recently held a special session to discuss methods to appease Nike Inc., a powerful corporate citizen that is expanding its operations in the U.S. but has threatened to move out of Oregon. Nike would like to Continue reading…

Foreign Aid: Championed and Villified

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Peter Bauer, a prominent developmental economist, argued “there would be no concept of the Third World at all were it not for the invention of foreign aid”[1]. He opposed the idea that development aid could provide the capital needed to Continue reading…

The South Korean Education System


iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 is now the choice that many consumers are facing these days.

On one hand you have the iPhone: a sleek, refined product of American innovation, a phone touted by enthusiastic techies and laymen as Continue reading…

Should New Hampshire establish its own Health care exchanges?

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The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on June 28th Continue reading… of this year solidified the constitutionality of possibly the most controversial pieces of legislation ever passed by the Obama administration. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law

Singapore’s Market-Model Healthcare System

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In America, the discussion over healthcare often bifurcates between advocates of government and market-based healthcare. Empirically, European-style government healthcare systems, as well as Medicare, are more equitable, cost-efficient, and sustainable than our own, presumably “free market” health insurers.[i] Continue reading… However,