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When economists changed the world

Sep 4, 2019
Sometime in the middle of the 20th century, economists came to play a much bigger role in shaping public policy in America. It's had far-reaching consequences.
Thirty-thousand protesters march against Nixon's involvement in the Vietnam War in New York City in 1972. Economists helped to end the draft that so many Americans opposed.
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Trump's infrastructure czar steps down

Apr 3, 2018
The departure of DJ Gribbin is the latest sign that the president's plan is going nowhere fast.
DJ Gribbin with President Donald Trump speaking to CEOs about the regulatory process to build a highway, April 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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How mental illness has become a ticket to jail

Apr 3, 2018
Author Alisa Roth looks at the problems in our country's criminal justice system.

Now we can measure economic policy uncertainty

Jul 12, 2017
"As economic policy becomes less clear and more uncertain, small businesses are more hesitant to invest," economist says.
Traders monitor prices in the Volatility Index (VIX) pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
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Why homeless kids are harder to count

Jul 30, 2013
The Urban Institute looks to make counting homeless youth more effective.

Cutting government waste by crunching the numbers

Jul 29, 2013
What if you could apply the same techniques to government spending that investment advisers use to pick stocks? A Pew-MacArthur report looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis.

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Want better government? Use cost-benefit analysis

Jul 29, 2013
Non-profits are working with state governments to increase use of cost-benefit analyses to learn whether programs and policies are worth it.

Is China's one-child policy on the way out?

Mar 11, 2013
China's government has announced plans to remove power from the agency that oversees the country's controversial one-child policy. Observers say this could spell the beginning of the end for the rule.

Connecticut Senator: Ammunition is 'black hole' of gun control

Jan 11, 2013
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut joins us to talk about his new proposal to curb gun violence -- background checks for the sale of bullets.