What Happens When Community College Is Made Free

What Happens When Community College Is Made Free
Policymakers and presidential hopefuls are having a spirited debate over whether the U.S. should offer free community college, free public college in general or additional college subsidies directed at low-income students.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher Education

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher EducationFifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers — my generation — and millennials.Millennials aren’t teenagers anymore.

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier
An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins.

Modern Beliefs About Economics vs. Following The Laws Of Nature

Modern Beliefs About Economics vs. Following The Laws Of Nature
People today are espousing some very strange beliefs about the state of our modern economy. We frequently hear things like: We can no longer afford to educate our children, provide universal health care, clean up our polluted environment, innovate around renewable energy resources, provide food, water and basic shelter for all, share...

Are Your Generic Drugs Safe And Is The FDA Too Lax?

Are Your Generic Drugs Safe And Is The FDA Too Lax?
Generic prescription drugs have saved the U.S. about US$1.7 trillion over the past decade. The Food and Drug Administration approved a record 781 new generics in 2018 alone, including generic versions of Cialis, Levitra and Lyrica.

The True Cost Of Growing Old In America

The True Cost Of Growing Old In AmericaThe U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections.

How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes

How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes
People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for survival. But do they ever think about their access to microbes?

Why Urban Unrest Propels Global Wave Of Protests

Why Urban Unrest Propels Global Wave Of Protests
Numerous anti-government protests have paralyzed cities across the globe for months, from La Paz, Bolivia, to Santiago, Chile, and Monrovia, Liberia, to Beirut.

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone
Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wageto US$15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has thrived.

How To Make Your Online Shopping More Environmentally Friendly

How To Make Your Online Shopping More Environmentally Friendly
Online shopping continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the market value of UK retail was £381 billion of which online transactions made up almost one-fifth. That’s £12.3 billion of grocery items and £58.8 billion of all non-food items purchased online.

The Disaster of Negative of Interest Rates

The Disaster of Negative of Interest Rates
President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives can be better achieved by other means.

How The US Could Afford Medicare For All

How The Us Could Afford Medicare For All
Health care is Americans’ number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic in the Democratic primary.

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?
Economic inequality is high and rising. At the same time, many governments are struggling to balance budgets while maintaining spending for popular programs.

Historically Black Colleges Give Graduates A Wage Boost

In 2010, two economists claimed that graduates of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, suffer a “wage penalty” – that is, they earn relatively less than they would had they gone to a non-HBCU.
In 2010, two economists claimed that graduates of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, suffer a “wage penalty” – that is, they earn relatively less than they would had they gone to a non-HBCU.

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail
As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that.

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter
Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go
News reports from across America tell of vehicle residents from virtually every background attempting to settle in cities. They find themselves essentially blocked from local communities and social services, because there are few parking spaces to leave their home where it is safe from tickets or from being towed.

Too Much Theory Leads Economists To Bad Predictions

Too Much Theory Leads Economists To Bad Predictions

Whether it was the physicist Niels Bohr or the baseball player Yogi Berra who said it – or, most likely, someone else – it is indeed hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. 

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits.

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?

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