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Debt limit brinksmanship is already impacting Treasury securities. The increase in interest rates represents a cost to taxpayers and a lack of confidence among investors.
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What Should a Fiscal Response to a COVID-19 Outbreak Look Like?
Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh comments on the COVID-19 virus and how economic policies with automatic triggers can alleviate the financial burden of …
Infrastructure Investment as an Automatic Stabilizer
Transportation infrastructure investment during economic downturns often occurs too slowly—and in insufficient quantities—to help stabilize the economy. Andrew…
Proposals for Improving the U.S. Pretrial System
On any given day, there are roughly half a million individuals in custody awaiting trial in the United States, nearly double that of any other country. This hi…
Local Transportation Policy and Economic Opportunity
There is broad agreement about the importance of transportation infrastructure, but disagreement about the goals of transportation policy and the appropriate m…
Nine Facts about State and Local Policy
Policy debates often focus only on major decisions made in Washington, DC. But for many Americans, the decisions made much closer to home have just as large, i…
Harnessing the Intergovernmental Grant System for Place-Based Assistance in Recession and Recovery
The $700 billion U.S. intergovernmental grant system is often poorly targeted to areas that are struggling. Tracy Gordon proposes reforms to Medicaid and other…
The Geography of Prosperity
Ryan Nunn, Jana Parsons, and Jay Shambaugh investigate the factors that have created concentrated prosperity in the United States while leaving many places beh…
The Historical Role of Race and Policy for Regional Inequality
Bradley Hardy, Trevon Logan, and John Parman describe the legacy of structural racism and its influence on economic outcomes for people and places today, outli…