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News Coverage May 17, 2019

Fiscal Times: Is It Time to Put Fiscal Policy on Autopilot?

"Two think tanks, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, asked a group of scholars to think about ways the government could turn more if its fiscal tools into automatic stabilizers, in order to 'help the next recovery start faster, make job creation stronger, and restore confidence to businesses and households so they resume investing and spending again.'"

News Coverage May 3, 2019

Wall Street Journal: Real Time Economics: U.S. Workers Are Finally Getting More Productive

“‘It may come as a surprise that unemployed workers have slightly more trouble finding a job than they did at the peak of the last business cycle (in 2006) and have a much lower probability of finding a job than in 2000,’ Ryan Nunn, Jana Parsons and Jay Shambaugh write for the Hamilton Project. The reason: ‘Elevated unemployment durations reflect an economy with fewer startups, less job reallocation, and diminished dynamism more generally.’”

News Coverage Apr 12, 2019

The Atlantic: Why States Want Certain Americans to Work for Medicaid

“Over a two-year period, researchers at the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project collected data on the work status of people on Medicaid. They found that the way data had been gathered for a 2018 report by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers—taking a nationwide snapshot in a single month—masked the fact that low-income Americans were continually entering and leaving the labor force, and doing so for many reasons, often temporary.”

News Coverage Apr 9, 2019

Pacific Standard: What should replace cash bail?

“In ‘Proposals for Improving the US Pretrial System,’ a policy paper issued by the Hamilton Project last month, economic researchers Will Dobbie and Crystal S. Yang write: ‘The system is designed both to release low- and medium-risk defendants on their own recognizance or with the least-restrictive nonmonetary conditions, and to detain high-risk defendants without bail. However, what constitutes a high-risk defendant is largely left to the discretion of courts.’”