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Papers August 1, 2023

Deteriorating Household Finances Will Not Support Strong Spending

An analysis of household finances finds that Americans face a financial choice: slow down their spending or take on more debt.
Policy Proposals June 27, 2023

Increasing Financial Access to Contraception for Low-Income Americans 

Changes to Title X could increase the affordability of contraception for low-income Americans. A randomized control trial suggests that doing so would increase…
Policy Proposals June 21, 2023

Federal Policies to Address Persistent Generic Drug Shortages

Generic sterile injectable (GSI) drugs are the staple of hospital care but are particularly prone to shortages driven by market dynamics. Marta Wosińska and Ri…
Posts June 8, 2023

High mortgage rates are probably here for a while (June 2023)

An analysis identifies factors behind the increase in mortgage rates and the gap between mortgage rates and U.S. Treasury securities.
Posts May 23, 2023

Debt Ceiling Brinksmanship Has Clear Negative Effects on Taxpayers

Debt limit brinksmanship is already impacting Treasury securities. The increase in interest rates represents a cost to taxpayers and a lack of confidence among…
Economic Facts April 27, 2023

Ten Economic Facts about Electricity and the Clean Energy Transition

This set of facts elevates key energy system characteristics, especially within electricity production, that will be consequential to the clean energy transiti…
Policy Proposals April 27, 2023

Principles for Public Investment in Climate-Responsible Energy Innovation

This proposal lays out the rationale for substantially increasing federal spending on clean energy research and development, along with four foundational pilla…
Posts April 24, 2023

How Worried Should We Be if the Debt Ceiling Isn’t Lifted?

If the debt limit binds, how would the U.S. Treasury operate? How much would federal spending have to be cut? How would the economy be affected? Wendy Edelberg…
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