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The Forgotten Poor: More Children Living in Extreme Poverty


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The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help


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Private Companies Are Driving China’s Growth


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The Risks of Cheap Water


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How Uber and the Sharing Economy Can Win Over Regulations


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EPA readies major ozone rule change


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What Would Milton Friedman Do About Climate Change? Tax Carbon


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13 charts that explain why your college major matters


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What Tattoos Tell Us About the Economy


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Should some college students rethink their majors?


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Why public investment really is a free lunch


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The best US college majors for getting very rich


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Which College Majors Pay the Most Over a Lifetime?


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The One Argument In Favor of Student Loans


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34 Winning Proposals to Combat Climate Change Announced

A Hamilton Project discussion paper by Adele C. Morris on implementing a carbon tax, was one of the 34 winning proposals to combat climate change, announced MIT's Climate CoLab. 


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Social Entrepreneurs: Say Yes


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O & G extraction engineers top industry pay scale


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Is Your College Investment Going to Pay Off?


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Study: People with a degree tend to earn more over a lifetime


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Patient Health Doesn’t Explain Cost Differences


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Chemical engineering majors top list of lifetime earners


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Chemical Engineering Is the Best-Paying Major


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Growing wealth gap may threaten education’s role in social mobility


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How to make sure college is worth the cost


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Summers: U.S. Should Gradually Shift to More Short-Term Debt


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Now as Provocateur, Summers Says Treasury Undermined Fed


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Sorry, CompSci majors: Engineering degrees will out-earn you


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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap


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The College Majors That Will help You Make the Most Money


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Need comprehensive tax reform

Advisory Council member Larry Summers weighs in on whether asses are fully priced,


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The College Majors With the Biggest Lifetime Earnings


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Want to Be Stinking Rich? Major in Economics.


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What it’s like to graduate from college with the lowest-paying major


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Want proof college is worth it? Look at this list of the highest-paying majors


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The 9 college majors that earn the most money are all in engineering


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This Important Unemployment Gauge Signals a Troubling Trend


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Why inequality makes it harder to stop climate change


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US Fishing Industry Contributes Nearly $90 Billion To The Economy


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“Getting-by Girls” Fall Between Academic Winners, Losers


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Lew: Global Warming Costing U.S.


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Obama’s inconvenient truth


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UN Climate Summit: Obama flexes US muscle in global climate fight


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Obama calls for more aggressive fight against climate change


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Catch Shares as Catch Can? A New Proposal for Fisheries Management.


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Retirement savins in the US grow across all age groups


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No trade-off between climate fight and growth: US’s Lew


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Lew: Climate change hits all sectors of economy


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Lew Says ‘More to Say’ Later Today on Tax Inversions


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Combating Climate Change Will Strengthen U.S. Economy, Lew Says


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Treasury Secretary Says U.S. Must Act Now on Climate Change


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Behind the Fed’s Dovish Turn on Rates


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Obama to Tout U.S. Action on Climate at U.N. Summit


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Opinion: Alimony law revision is a step in the right direction


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Bold reform is the only answer to secular stagnation


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HOT BLAST: What if we started school each day at 8:45?


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When Whites Just Don’t Get It


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The case for letting high school students sleep in


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Divisions Grow as a Downturn Rocks Europe


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Eurosclerosis Comes to the U.S.


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Letter: Mass incarceration harmful to America


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Recommendations for Further Reading


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US-The education gap is a main reason for the growing income divide, says Standard & Poor


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High school will keep starting too early. Here’s why.


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If this is a jobs recovery, we have a very low bar


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U.S. legal justice system requires overhaul to reduce incarceration


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America Has a Retirement Spending Problem


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Bridges to Somewhere


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Hey, SEC, A Modest Proposal: Ban ‘Alternative’ Investments


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MTV Public Policy: How 16 and Pregnant Reduced Teen Motherhood


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How the 401k became a $4 trillion key to US retirement


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Michael Brown and Black Men


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The Fed’s Systemic-Risk Balancing Act


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Second-term presidents cost America 40 lost years

"Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that new measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure and business tax reform. Barack Obama’s administration is condemned as ineffectual with respect to both domestic and foreign policy..."


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Expensive Hospitals Aren’t Any Better

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag explores the argument that more expensive hospitals provide better care, looking at new research that suggests otherwise.


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More Rejoin Labor Force; Jobless Rate Up to 6.2%

Dionne Searcey of The New York Times looks at the latest jobs report, and discusses the "jobs gap" as calcuated by The Hamilton Project.


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More Good Deficit News Coming Medium-Term: Altman

Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Roger Altman discusses Federal Reserve monetary policy and the U.S. economy on “In The Loop.” 


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America’s Real Deficits: Jobs and Infrastructure

In a blog post for The Huffington Post, Rep. John Conyers discusses decline in jobs and infrastructure, and quotes The Hamilton Project's jobs gap.


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Math + Statistics = Great Beach Reading

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag's latest column in Bloomberg View looks at a new book by math professor Jordan Ellengerg.


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Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan’s poverty plan?

Ezra Klein of Vox.com talks with Advisory Council member Bob Greenstein on the matters of Paul Ryan's povery plan.


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Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy

Adivsory Council member Robert E. Rubin discusses the seriousness of climante change and the need for U.S. policymakers to address the issue of global warming.


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Commentary; Chairman Ryan Needs to Play it Straight on Poverty Programs

Advisory Council member Robert Greenstein discusses the new poverty proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.


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Larry Summers: The Economy Hasn’t Grown Rapidly “in a Financially Sustainable Way” for a Long Time

Danny Vinik of the New Republic speaks to Advisory Council member Larry Summers on the state of the U.S. economy.


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B&G Report: a Ruling on Retirees, Bad Government Checks and Slow Press Offices

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene discuss the benefits of using predictive analytics, and reference a new Hamilton Project policy memo outlining the use of data to improve social program services.


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How One UMass Economist Would Set a Boston Area Minimum Wage

Boston Public Radio takes a look at recent Hamilton Project policy memo by Arindrajit Dube on the benefits of implementing a state and local minimum wage policy.


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A Better Way to Bridge the Skills Gap

Traci Donnelly of HBR Blog Network discusses new efforts to provide training for young adults to imrpove their employability. She sites a recent Hamilton Project proposal by Robert Lerman on expanding apprenticeship programs in the United States.


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The Fall of American Vocational Tech

Anne Miller of Ozy discusses the importance of vocational training, citing a new proposal from The Hamilton Project by Sheena McConnell, Irma Perez-Johnson and Jillian Berk.


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US Jobs: Slim Pickings

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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Baby Boomers’ Impact on Participation Rate Big, Expected

USA News takes a look at the recent report released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on labor force participation, and highlights The Hamilton Project's recent forum featuring remarks from CEA Chairman Furman.


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The Modern American Man, Charted

On NPR's All Things Considered, Serri Graslie takes a look at charts depicting the modern American man. Graslie cites Hamilton Project work by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney on the marriage gap.


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Latest Wrinkle in the Jobs Debate: Blame the Boomers

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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The Forgotten Poor: More Children Living in Extreme Poverty

Special Work Helper • October 15, 2014 • Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr.

“So what do we do about this? How can we begin to lift children of extreme poverty? The Hamilton Project at the prestigious Brookings Institute offers a number of poverty policy prescriptions that include increasing early childhood education, increasing mentoring and other support programs for disadvantaged youth, skills-building for low-income workers, support for the minimum wage and expansion of the EITC, among others.”

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Addressing India’s air quality, health and climate requires public action, study finds

Phys.org • October 15, 2014 • Victoria Ekstrom High

“"Effective environmental regulations in India are vital for the hundreds of millions of Indians who are seeing their life expectancy cut short due to high air pollution. And if India chooses to regulate greenhouse gases, it will be important for the world as India increasingly becomes a major emitter of greenhouse gases," said University of Chicago economist Michael Greenstone, co-author of the study and the director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago. "We find that when it comes to enforcing its strong environmental regulations, India has a mixed track record."”

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The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help

Washington Post • October 15, 2014 • Jim Tankersley

“They do that because America’s water markets often don’t work very well. As Glennon writes in another new paper for Hamilton, the way local, state and federal government allocates water can discourage the sort of market trading that should help get the resource in the hands of the people who will put it to its most valuable use. This has long been true in the West, where water rights can be passed down for more than a century and the law encourages sucking as much from the ground and the streams as you can possibly make use of.”

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Private Companies Are Driving China’s Growth

Bloomberg View • October 14, 2014 • Peter R. Orzag

“In China, the conventional wisdom holds, state-owned enterprises dominate the economy, private companies are often starved for credit, and the central government exerts substantial influence.”

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The Risks of Cheap Water

The New York Times • October 14, 2014 • Eduardo Porter

“Two studies to be presented at a forum next week organized by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment make the case that markets and prices are an indispensable part of the tool kit to combat scarcity. They are essential to induce both conservation and investment in water-saving technology, and to steer water to where it is valued most.”

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