Monthly Archives: August 2011

Feds’ Role in Schools Re-Emerges as 2012 Issue

Republican presidential candidates are increasingly using the federal Department of Education as a punching bag, citing it as yet another example of big government’s heavy hand in local affairs. But this time, the Education Department is punching back. Ok, so I have … Continue reading

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The Problem with Data….

Ph.D. candidates Andrea Mayer and Jacob Lupfer are working with me to create a website that parallels Gapminder.  Our site contains data from the American states (the site will be unveiled soon, we hope). Ahh, but data are tricky.  I … Continue reading

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Deficit Supercommittee Members Have Close Ties to Many Lobbyists

“Mark Rom, an associate professor of government and public policy at Georgetown University, said having former lobbyists on staff could prove helpful.” You can read the full article from the New York Times Global Edition here

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PM’s Question Time

Georgetown Ph.D. candidate Paul Musgrave has an insightful political blog. (Full disclosure: Paul and I are working on a series of studies about the politics of student grading schemes).

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S&P Downgrades the US Credit Rating

Two things: S&P doesn’t exactly have a stellar record rating…. The real risk of the US defaulting should be zero: it is the only country that can literally print money to pay its debts. To watch my presentation on the … Continue reading

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Making Education Worth It

“A new wave of portrayals of the graduate student have taken hold in today’s sluggish economy. It’s the stereotype of graduate students who leave their alma mater with fancy degrees only to find themselves jobless with sky-high debt and a … Continue reading

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The Obama Presidency: Continuity and Change

Now in print…my chapter is on Obama’s health care reform….

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