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When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.

The Idea Of Helicopter Money Is Making A Comeback

The Idea Of Helicopter Money Is Making A ComebackAs a student I was taught (and this will date me) that macroeconomics (the study of the economy as a whole) was essentially governed by two alternative views – Keynesianism and Monetarism.

Companies With More Female Directors Are Better Corporate Citizens

Companies With More Female Directors Are Better Corporate CitizensThere is a growing body of international research that suggests that companies with gender-diverse boards are better corporate citizens. These companies comply with legislation and they also have initiatives in place to meet their shareholders’ and stakeholders’ social and environmental demands.

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"In her new book,White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg rips apart the myth that the United States is a class-free society where hard work is rewarded by social mobility.

Why Austerity And Neoliberalism Are A Toxic Combination

demand economics 8 3Austerity does not necessarily have to be neoliberal and neoliberalism does not have any necessary connection to austerity. But taken together they represent a toxic combination, one that attacks us body and soul.

How The Sexism Surrounding Women's Speech Endures

How The Sexism Surrounding Women's Speech EnduresAfter a campaign lasting more than a year and taking in all 50 states, Hillary Rodham Clinton has delivered a speech that will go down in history.

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?

Could Clinton's Health Care Proposals Work?As the spotlight shifts from the Republican to Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton’s plans for health care reform, including a proposed new “public option” for health insurance for some Americans, may draw greater attention from voters.

What Factors Influence Income Inequality?

What Factors Influence Income Inequality?Whether it’s by coincidence or causation, the financial collapse of 2008 and 2009 has resulted in growing angst over income inequality.

How A New Source Of Water Is Helping Reduce Conflict In The Middle East

How A New Source Of Water Is Helping Reduce Conflict In The Middle EastTen miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the sand. The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore.

How Did Brazil Go From Rising BRIC To Sinking Ship?

How Did Brazil Go From Rising BRIC To Sinking Ship?Most of the headlines in recent weeks have focused on Brazil’s troubling political crisis. But the country is also in the midst of a deep economic recession.

Racial Inequality Starts Early In Preschool

The rate of suspension is higher for African American girls as well. woodleywonderworks, CC BYOn Wednesday, July 6, the four-year-old daughter of Diamond Reynolds witnessed the killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer. She and her mother sat in close proximity to Castile when he was shot.

Will Hillary Fix What Bill Broke?

bill and hillaryAs the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton has the opportunity to correct a mistake made almost a quarter century ago. She can reaffirm the party's commitment to full employment.

As the War on Weed Winds Down, Will Monsanto Be the Big Winner?

As the War on Weed Winds Down, Will Monsanto Be the Big Winner?
The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

The Truth About For Profit Colleges

The Truth About For Profit CollegesDocuments released in a federal lawsuit against Trump University have put presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the defensive. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is now highlighting the fraud that is at the center of the case.

What Summertime Means For Black Children

What Summertime Means For Black ChildrenThe arrival of summer generates excitement. But it could also bring challenges for both parents and educators. Many students experience a loss in math learning during the summer months known commonly as “summer slide.”

The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill Gates

The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill GatesSorry folks, this isn’t Trump University, I don’t have the plan for you to get rich quick. But it is important for everyone to understand exactly why Bill Gates is very rich. It’s called “copyright protection.”

Why It's So Hard For Students To Have Their Debts Forgiven

Forgive me, for I have borrowed. Peg Hunter/Flickr, CC BY-NCOutstanding student loan debt in the United States reached a record US$1.35 trillion in March, up six percent from a year earlier.

Is Brazil No Longer The Country Of The Future?

Is Brazil No Longer The Country Of The Future?When I first served in Brazil in the mid-1960s as a young American diplomat stationed at a small consulate in Belem on the mouth of the Amazon River, the country was in its second year of a 20-year military regime.

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young People

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young PeopleAcross the world, the current generation of youth has been remarkably active in mobilizing against inequality. From the Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement to many political campaigns across the world, young people are often at the forefront of the fight.

Why Is Rural Broadband Access Still Such A Problem?

digital divide 6 10There is a well-documented “digital divide” between rural and urban areas when it comes to broadband access. As of 2015, 74 percent of households in urban areas of the U.S. had residential broadband connections, compared with only 64 percent of rural households. This gap has persisted over time.

Why Don’t Prime-Age Workers Feel Like Working?

Why Don’t Prime-Age Workers Feel Like Working?According to many economists, the economy is at or near its full employment level of output; see, for example, the San Francisco Federal Reserve President’s recent comments.

The Women Who Are Taking On Wal-Mart

Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna. Liz Cooke, CC BYPico Rivera is a dusty working-class Latino suburb of Los Angeles. After the school district, Wal-Mart is the city’s largest employer and the source of 10 percent of its tax revenue. More than 500 families in the town depend on income from the store.

Why We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The Rich

pWhy We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The RichYou often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive. There’s some truth to this. The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.

The Actual Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Trade

The Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on TradeThe United States International Trade Commission (USITC) recently came out with projections on the economic effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The USITC’s report is the third major study on the TPP from the past two years.

Rule-breaking Iceland Completes Its Miracle Economic Escape

In the red. Fishing boats ready for launch. Johnny Peacock/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDDisgruntled Icelanders recently forced their prime minister to quit, and are threatening to hand power to self-styled pirates at an early election. But whereas other European voters are culling traditional parties out of weakness, Reykjavik’s are rebelling out of strength.

Reducing Energy Use Is A Big Winner For Business

Reducing Energy Use Is A Big Winner For BusinessCompanies could improve their profits by 2-10% each year by saving energy. That’s just one of the findings of ClimateWorks Australia’s Energy Productivity Index, a world-first attempt to assess companies' energy performance and help investors make better decisions.

The Federal Reserve Has An Urge to Raise Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve Has An Urge to Raise Interest RatesThe Federal Reserve Board's Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to raise interest rates at its meeting last week. However, the FOMC also made clear that a rate hike was still an option for its June meeting.

Having Trouble Picking The Right Health Insurance Plan? Let An Algorithm Decide

ibm watsonOne key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to lower health care costs by giving consumers more choice over their insurer. Economic theory suggests that when consumers make informed and active choices in a competitive market, companies respond by lowering prices and improving the quality of their offerings.

What’s Destroying the American Middle Class?

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work.

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing And Just Grow Up

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing And Just Grow Up“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.

What Can Donald Trump Teach Us About the National Debt?

dean baker 5 9Many people might think that Donald Trump can only teach the country how to offend women, African Americans and a range of non-European ethnic groups. While that may be his area of expertise, it seems that his rants on dealing with debt may actually provide a teachable moment. As a result, the country, and possibly even the policy elites, may get a better understanding of when and how debt can pose a problem.

What Is Wrong With America's Civic Education

What Is Wrong With America's Civic EducationAny election demands knowledge, attention and wisdom from the whole electorate. When a campaign season does not seem to be going well, there’s often angst about whether the public has been sufficiently educated.

The Rise Of The Intelligent Automated Workforce

The Rise Of The Intelligent Automated WorkforceLosing jobs to technology is nothing new. Since the industrial revolution, roles that were once exclusively performed by humans have been slowly but steadily replaced by some form of automated machinery.

Yes, The Economy Really Is Rigged

Yes, The Economy Really Is RiggedI see Greg Mankiw used his NYT column to tell folks that politicians are spinning tales when they say the economy is rigged. I would say that economists spin tales when they tell you it is not. (Mankiw and I just ran through this argument on a panel in Boston last week.) Let's quickly run through the main points.

Why Big Cable Is Bad News for the Internet

Why Big Cable Is Bad News for the InternetI’m going to let you in on a little secret about the Internet: Big cable companies hate it. That’s a bad thing because for most Americans big cable companies are the on-ramps to the wired world.

Not Rocket Science, Oil Majors Must Adapt Or Die

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 escalated industry costs and environmental concerns. Image: EPI2oh via FlickrAs profits and prices plummet, the oil conglomerates – some of the world’s biggest companies – have been warned they must change their ways or face extinction.

What’s Behind Huge Academic Gap At U.S. Public Schools?

"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others." (Credit: Ian Koski/Flickr)"The socioeconomic profile of a district is a powerful predictor of the average test score performance of students in that district," says Sean Reardon. "Nonetheless, poverty is not destiny: There are districts with similarly low-income student populations where academic performance is higher than others."

Having Babies Before Age 25 May Cost Women More Income

"Children do not kill careers, but the earlier children arrive the more their mother's income suffers. There is a clear incentive for delaying," says coauthor Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis. (Credit: Thomas Angermann/Flickr)"Children do not kill careers, but the earlier children arrive the more their mother's income suffers. There is a clear incentive for delaying," says coauthor Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis.

How And Why China Became Africa's Biggest Aid Donor

How And Why China Became Africa's Biggest Aid DonorThe foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the past three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged.

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Are A Scam

Why Efforts to Privatize The VA Health System Is A ScamThere are few areas where there is more bipartisan support than the need to provide adequate health care for the country's veterans. While many of us opposed the war in Iraq and other recent military adventures, we still recognize the need to provide medical services for the people who put their lives at risk.

Are Robots Really Taking Our Jobs?

Are Robots Really Taking Our Jobs?If you put water on the stove and heat it up, it will at first just get hotter and hotter. You may then conclude that heating water results only in hotter water. But at some point everything changes – the water starts to boil, turning from hot liquid into steam. Physicists call this a “phase transition.”

How The Ancients Invented The Modern World

the ancients 4 15True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but the concept of making self-portraits is hundreds, if not thousands of years old. The same is true of many inventions that we typically think of as modern.

7 Ways We Are Already Beginning To Live Locally

7 Ways We Are Already Beginning To Live LocallyAs a chain of volcanic islands, Hawai‘i doesn’t have coal and natural gas readily available to generate electricity. The state depends on oil, shipped in by tanker, to generate electricity. In 2002, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) became the first and only member-owned utility company in...

The Success Of Tesla's Model 3 Goes Far Beyond Its Affordability

The Success Of Tesla's Model 3 Goes Far Beyond Its AffordabilityTesla Motors has already established its electric cars as fast, well-sized and capable of competing with petrol cars in how far they can go without needing a recharge. Now, the US firm run by Elon Musk appears to have countered the final remaining negative perception of electric vehicles: price.

How The Supreme Court Made Economic Inequality A Whole Lot Worse

How The Supreme Court Made Economic Inequality A Whole Lot WorseEconomic inequality is now firmly on the public agenda as candidates and voters alike look for someone to blame for stagnant wages, entrenched poverty and a widening gap between rich and poor.

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?Patients with prostate cancer in England and Wales will now have early access to abiraterone, a drug which can delay the need for chemotherapy. The drug previously cost £3,000 a month, and was not considered “cost-effective” for the NHS until cancers were more advanced – even though patients in Scotland had access to it.

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama Papers

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama PapersThe Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this case, it is a firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama. It follows a series of spectacular leaks by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, including the HSBC files

Why It Makes Economic Sense To Wait On More Offshore Drilling

Activists surround Shell Oil rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay to protest Arctic drilling plans. Daniella Beccaria/Flickr, CC BY-SAFrom chants of “Drill, Baby, Drill” to outrage over the BP oil spill, offshore drilling has been highly controversial in recent years. Some view it as a vastly underused revenue source, while others see it as a grave environmental threat. In parts of the Gulf of Mexico, drilling continues

If We Really Want An Ideas Boom, We Need More Women At The Top Tiers Of Science

Tanya Monro (left), Emma Johnston (centre) and Nalini Joshi (right) at the National Press Club. National Press Club of AustraliaOn Wednesday May 30, Emma Johnston, Nalini Joshi and Tanya Monro spoke at the National Press Club for a special Women Of Science event. Here they outline their views on how to promote greater participation by women at the top levels of science.

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great Depression

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great DepressionIncome inequality in the United States has been a major flashpoint during the 2016 presidential election, with much debate focused on whether America is divided between “the 1 percent” who make up the wealthy elite and the lagging middle and working classes.

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality Wrong

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality WrongDespite appearances to the contrary, this year’s presidential follies have managed to feature at least a few policy discussions amid all the name-calling. Income inequality in particular has animated voters on both sides of the partisan divide, but the solutions advocated by candidates from each party are markedly different.

How Gifted, Low-income Kids Are Left Behind

The current process of selection could be leaving out some low-income and minority kids. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BYIn 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, which documented widespread academic underachievement at every level, concluding:

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health Costs

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health CostsIf the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.In Paris late last year, the countries of the world pledged to reduce emissions to keep global warming “well below a 2 degree Celsius” rise in global average temperatures compared with preindustrial levels.

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

These south side Chicago “explorers” had never seen anything comparable to the legendary Union League Club. The esoteric artwork, luxurious decor, and dapper club members were a far cry from the neighborhood where the group of African American teenagers grew up. And there was no mistaking the reaction on members’ faces: There goes the neighborhood.

Why Intelligent Machines Won’t Leave Half The World Unemployed

Why Intelligent Machines Won’t Leave Half The World UnemployedIntelligent machines are good at some jobs that were once done by humans. Recent alarmist headlines this week claim artificial intelligence (AI) will put half of us out of work.

Birth Weight Drops With Income In US

Birth Weight Drops With Income In USHealth disparities are common in developed countries, including the United States, but at what age those inequities take root and how they vary between countries is less clear.

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' Club

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' ClubIn what’s becoming an annual occurrence, we’re in the midst of a highly publicized debate over the lack of diversity among the Oscar-nominated performers and filmmakers. Outside groups, including the NAACP, are up in arms. Several celebrities – some of them Academy members – have announced their intention to boycott the big night.

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About Inequality

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About InequalityThe idea of a basic income for every person has been popping up regularly in recent years. Economists, think tanks, activists and politicians from different stripes have toyed with the idea of governments giving every citizen or resident a minimum income off which to live. This cash transfer could either replace or supplement existing welfare payments.

Why We Need Less Work And More Leisure

Why We  Need Less Work And More LeisureThe next Administration should make reducing work time a major focus. In addition to mandated paid sick days and paid family leave — proposals that have received some welcome attention thus far on the presidential campaign trail — policymakers should go much further and enact measures aimed at shortening workweeks and work years.

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal Business

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal BusinessPost-apartheid South Africa provides ample evidence of the debilitating trajectory of the microcredit movement. The expansion of microcredit and the informal microenterprise sector was one of the policy responses of the first democratically elected government.

How To Solve US Rental Housing Affordability

rental afordabilityWe just learned America’s rental affordability crisis is as bad as it’s ever been. Unfortunately, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

The Psychology Of The Christmas Miracle

The Psychology Of The Christmas MiracleFew events encapsulate our infatuation with a well-told story as much as Christmas. As a culture, we are dependent on stories as a tool with which to negotiate our daily lives and make sense of the world around us. In particular, we love magical ones because they allow us to temporarily suspend our disbelief and revel in the joys of doing so.

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised Learning?

Why Is Mark Zuckerberg Ploughing Billions Into Personalised LearningFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg believes personalised learning is the answer to many of education’s current woes, and is one of the four key areas that he and his wife Prescilla Chan’s US$45 billion Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will fund.

What Should America Do With Its $2-per-gallon Gas Windfall?

What Should America Do With Its $2-per-gallon Gas Windfall?American consumers have been enjoying Christmas since July – that is, July 2014, when the average price for all grades of gasoline peaked at US$3.75 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

As Big Business Goes Green, Green Bonds Are Ready For Takeoff

As Big Business Goes Green, Green Bonds Are Ready For TakeoffThe climate summit in Paris has shown that global big business is now also on board with the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, the most promising instruments in finance for promoting green investing, particularly green bonds, have been around for almost a decade now, starting with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Climate Awareness Bond in 2007.

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

Does Wearing A School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?

In a growing number of school districts across the nation, students must wear a uniform. This is not the stereotypical school uniform associated with Catholic schools – pleated plaid skirt with a blouse for girls; a button-down shirt, a necktie and dark pants for boys. Instead, these are mostly khaki and blue or khaki and red shirt/blouse and skirt/pants uniforms.

How Do We Create Liveable Cities?

How Do We Create Liveable Cities? Liveable communities and resilient cities are buzzwords of the moment. But exactly how do you define a “liveable” community or city? Our research focuses on this exact question.

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Teens

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Poor Teens

Increasing poor families’ income can significantly improve their children’s psychological well-being, according to new research.

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than Men

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than MenWomen cardiologists often earn less than men—even when taking into account the different types of work they do—a new study suggests. Further, the ranks of women cardiologists remain disproportionally small compared to those in medicine overall.

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