Here’s an interesting piece worth slogging through on ways in which policy changes implied by traditional economic analysis can skew power in ways that make a lot of people a lot worse off. The prose is a bit dense and opaque, but the point and the many historical examples are interesting and convincing. The authors—Acemoglu and Robinson—are… Read more
You want my advice, you should pour a tall cup-a-Joe and settle in to read this essay by Sean Reardon in this AMs NYT on education and wealth. He covers a lot of ground, but the theme that resonated most with me is one I’ve stressed often in these parts regarding the growing evidence of… Read more
The furloughs haven’t much phased in yet, and the economy doesn’t show obvious signs of sequester drag yet. It’s early, however, and anecdotal signs of trouble (brown shoots?) are showing up, like this one from an Indiana paper (h/t: SP). At least two Indiana Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine… Read more
You will recall that in his last State of the Union address, President Obama announced a policy idea that makes a whole lot of sense for our times: universal pre-school. It’s easy to describe why this is a good idea, and I’ll do so in a moment, but in recent debates, I’ve noticed some opposition… Read more
Here’s yours truly in today’s WaPo on trends that are hurting kids’ ability to realize their potential and lots of policy ideas to help them. There’s a video in there too if you want to hear the longer live version (wherein you’ll hear a plug for OTE, btw).