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Fed Fight!

October 13th, 2015

The Twitter-verse is abuzz with pretty overtly dissenting opinions coming out of the Federal Reserve right now. Chair Yellen and Vice-Chair Stan Fischer have leaned pretty hard into the view that rates should go up before the end of the year, while in the last couple of days, Fed governors Lael Brainard and Dan Tarullo… Read more

Fair hiring practices: big bang for buck and bipartisan support

October 13th, 2015

[This post was written jointly with Ben Spielberg] Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: –it costs almost nothing to implement; –it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; –it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers; –the Senate Homeland… Read more

A quick reflection on the current upheaval in DC politics: what are its larger costs?

October 9th, 2015

The House speakership debate is like the implosion of a dysfunction neutrino. It’s like a Russian stacking doll with ever deeper levels of dysfunction. It’s House Republicans basically showing the world that they can’t even figure out exactly how they’re going to remain dysfunctional. They’ll figure it out, but it’s going to be messy. They’re… Read more

Worker voice, unions, and bargaining power

October 8th, 2015

Over at WaPo, and well worth reading the White House’s issue brief on these points. Solid research from the President’s CEA on why unions matter. You ask me, that’s a plus both on substance and political grounds. Also, their section on alternative forms of organizing provides interesting overview of potentially important new developments in this… Read more

Making sense of the TPP: Don’t confuse trade with trade deals.

October 6th, 2015

After years of negotiating, the Trans Pacific Partnership, a 30 chapter, 12 country trade agreement that’s been in the works for years, was signed yesterday by participating countries. Trade negotiators from the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam resolved long-standing differences on tariffs, dispute procedures, labor and environmental rights, intellectual property/patents, and much… Read more