Posts filed under “Politics”
Reassessing the Effects of Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits Pedro S. Amaral and Jessica Ice To deal with the high level of unemployment during the Great Recession, lawmakers extended the availability of unemployment benefits—all the way to 99 weeks in the states where unemployment was highest. A recent study has found that the extensions served to…Read More
The elections are over. The pundits will spend the next few months dissecting the candidates and the campaigns. The Republican Party ran a strong campaign with attractive candidates, while the Democrats did neither. Voter turnout was low, which often gives an advantage to Republicans. Then there is the economy. The Democrats seem to have forgotten…Read More
Two Election Winners David R. Kotok, November 5, 2014 Two winners emerge after the election. One is the Gini coefficient. It measures the income divide of the population. It has been widening. Those at the top income level have improved their wealth. The middle income level has been eroding and is experiencing…Read More
Senator Vol Wins November 4, 2014 David R. Kotok The winner of today’s election is volatility. In fact, “Senator Vol” had already won four months ago. Some quick bullets to consider: • US stock markets tend to rise after midterm elections. We expect new highs in stock prices in the United States…Read More
Fill in the blank: Today’s midterm elections are about _____. Most people won’t be able to answer that question. Obamacare? It’s the law of the land. Quantitative easing? Its over, and besides, Congress didn’t control that. Go down the list of hot button issues — ISIS, Ebola, voter ID laws, deficits, tax policy, immigration, abortion…Read More
While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC that writes legislation for them. It’s as shady as it sounds!
via John Oliver, HBO