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April 19, 2013

Education
A Fine Start on Immigration Reform

The immigration bill introduced in the Senate this week – all 844 pages – is not a perfect piece of legislation. But it is the most serious effort in many years to create an immigration system that w…

Members of the Senate "Gang on Eight"--Dick Durbin (R-FL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)--are pictured during a news briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss their proposed immigration bill (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

August 29, 2012

Education
Globalization, Job Loss, and Stagnant Wages: The Evidence Is Changing

For decades, economists resisted the conclusion that trade – for all of its many benefits — has also played a significant role in job loss and the stagnation of middle-class incomes in the United Sta…

An employee works on the assembly line at GM's Toledo Transmission Plant in Ohio (John F. Martin/General Motors Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

January 27, 2012

Education
Apple, China, Labor Rights, and U.S. Workers

Reading the New York Times wrenching investigation into unsafe and inhumane working conditions in the Chinese factories that make Apple’s iPhones and iPads--and Apple’s indifference to the problem--m…

Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the southern Guangdong province of China (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters).

April 7, 2011

Economics
Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…

Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito,

July 7, 2016

Japan
Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?

This blog post is the first in a series entitled Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?, in which leading experts discuss the prospects for revising Japan’s postwar constitution. In 1947, Ja…

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April 7, 2016

Economics
Why Solar Will Need to Cost 25¢ Per Watt by 2050, And How the Industry Might Get There

This post is co-written with Shayle Kann, senior vice president of research at Greentech Media. For solar power to become truly mainstream, how much should it cost? And is the industry on track to…

An operator inspects equipment used to fabricate the most efficient solar cells in the world, jointly developed by SolarJunction and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Daniel Derkacs/SolarJunction).

January 20, 2016

Elections and Voting
Five Foreign Policy Books the Next President Should Read

Inauguration Day is now exactly one year away. In 366 days—2016 is a Leap Year—one of the candidates now barnstorming Iowa and New Hampshire will take the oath of office. Everything will change the m…

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January 13, 2016

Conflict Prevention
States of Failure and Disunion, at Home and Abroad

President Obama delivered an unusually thoughtful State of the Union address last night. Appropriate for his valedictory speech to Congress, the president skipped the usual laundry list of legislativ…

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2016.

May 8, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:  A U.S. federal appeals court struck down the provision of the PATRIOT Act that allowed the N…

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April 23, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Why Moore’s Law Doesn’t Apply to Clean Technologies

Over the weekend, Moore’s Law—the prediction that the number of transistors (building blocks) on an integrated circuit (computer chip or microchip) would double every two years—turned fifty years old…

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