Links: September 2009

Health care

Bending the curve: effective steps to address long-term health care spending growth, by Joseph Antos et al

Three keys to successful health care reform, by Sarah Bianchi

The truth about malpractice lawsuits, BusinessWeek

No, we can’t all get along on health care, by Jonathan Cohn

Reconciliation: why most Dems don’t want to go there, by Jonathan Cohn

8 questions about health care reform, by Ceci Connolly and Alex MacGillis

Americans still don’t trust government, but they could go for a health care plan like this, by William Galston

What health care reform really looks like, Health Care for America Now

Post-August public opinion on health-care reform, by Ezra Klein

Profit and the insurance industry, by Ezra Klein

The best argument against the public option, and the best counterargument, by Ezra Klein

The current thinking on reconciliation, by Ezra Klein

The new bipartisanship, by Ezra Klein

The public plan is not the same thing as cost control, by Ezra Klein

Changing health care by steps, by David Leonhardt

How a tax can cut health costs, by David Leonhardt

Medical malpractice system is expensive in all the wrong ways, by David Leonhardt

Lessons for Obama from Ted Kennedy’s noble flops, by Matt Miller

Issues that can sway the vote on health care, New York Times

Senate Finance Committee rejects public option, New York Times

Listen to your doctors, by Harold Pollack

Rating public and private health insurance, by Catherine Rampell

Your health care benefits, in charts, by Catherine Rampell

The lessons from history on health care reform, by Robert Reich

Why a trigger for a public option is nonsense, by Robert Reich

No country for sick men, by T.R. Reid

How much money do insurance companies make?, by Uwe Reinhardt

The case for killing granny, by Evan Thomas

Health reform’s missing ingredient, by Ron Wyden

U.S. economy

Leading indicators rise for fifth month straight, Associated Press

We can’t cut spending, by Bruce Bartlett

The wait for financial reform, by Alan Blinder

The next financial crisis, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson

Forget the Tobin tax: there is a better way to curb finance, by Willem Buiter

Reflections on the causes and consequences of the debt crisis of 2008, by Menzie Chinn and Jeffry Frieden

Did the structure of banker pay cause the crisis?, by Tyler Cowen

Macroeconomic policy for a stronger recovery, by Brad DeLong

The financial crisis will change central banking more than many central bankers care to admit, The Economist

Tobin taxes: the wrong tool for the job, The Economist

Can the future be built in America?, by Pete Engardio

The case for a global central bank, by Jeffrey Garten

The financial crisis and America’s casino culture, by Peter Goodman

Did bankers’ pay add to this mess?, by Mark Hulbert

How did economists get it so wrong?, by Paul Krugman

Memories of the Carter administration, by Paul Krugman

Reform or bust, by Paul Krugman

The 4 percent solution, by Paul Krugman

Will we eventually have a true theory that’s as beautiful as the neoclassical one?, by Paul Krugman

Robert Shiller and the danger of metaphors, by James Kwak

Healthcare can get America working, by Michael Lind

What the economy needs now, by Lawrence Mishel

A rich uncle is picking up the borrowing slack, by Floyd Norris

Comparing this recession to previous ones: job losses, by Catherine Rampell

The Tobin tax lives again, by Dani Rodrik

In defense of financial innovation, by Robert Shiller

Reinventing economics, by Robert Shiller

Taking a chance on risk, again, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Turner is asking the right questions on finance, by Martin Wolf

Why it is still too early to start withdrawing stimulus, by Martin Wolf

Why narrow banking alone is not a solution for finance, by Martin Wolf

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Obama outlines retirement initiatives, by Edmund Andrews

Income gap widens as poor take hit in recession, Associated Press

The real story on real wages, by Dean Baker

Broken laws, unprotected workers, by Annette Bernhardt, Ruth Milkman, and Nik Theodore

Great society 2.0, by Ryan Blitstein

Family income free fall, by Heather Boushey

CEO pay still out of sync, BusinessWeek

More coverage for domestic partners, BusinessWeek

Income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States: 2008, Census Bureau

Top 1% of Americans reaped two-thirds of income gains in last economic expansion, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Food workers increasingly exist in a legal limbo, by Nancy Cleeland

Report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress

What’s really wrong with Wall Street pay, by Eric Dash

Some city governments are using their economic muscle to promote good jobs, by Peter Dreier

Lavish public spending on the well-being of children does not always hit the mark, The Economist

The recession’s racial divide, by Barbara Ehrenreich and Dedrick Muhammad

US families turn to food stamps as wages drop, Financial Times

Valuing unpaid work matters, especially for the poor, by Nancy Folbre

The good war and the workers, by Steve Fraser

Low-wage workers are often cheated, study says, by Steven Greenhouse

A modest proposal to end those outlandish bonuses, by Christopher Hughes

Wall St Journal wrong on economic inequality, by Bruce Judson

Out of work, and too down to search on, by Michael Luo

Which side is government on?, by David Moberg

Making ends meet on $21,834 a year, by Andrea Orr

Pensions, 1980 vs. today, by Catherine Rampell

New 2008 poverty, income data reveal only the tip of the recession iceberg, by Heidi Shierholz

A decent work agenda for the Obama administration, by Paul Sonn and Annette Bernhardt

Toward a better measure of well-being, by Joseph Stiglitz

Big nonprofit organizations have highly-paid leaders, USA Today (via Dean Baker)

Standing up for GDP, by Will Wilkinson


The new sputnik, by Thomas Friedman

Cassandras of climate, by Paul Krugman

It’s easy being green, by Paul Krugman

EPA moves to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, New York Times

If you want to save energy, leave the suburbs, by Witold Rybczynski


View from Canada: the national sales tax, by Ian Austen

Fiscal responsibility requires higher taxes, by Bruce Bartlett

A tiny tax could do a world of good, by Philippe Douste-Blazy

Big government and housing, by Howard Gleckman

A virtuous tax, by Robert Kuttner

Big government: much bigger than you think, by Eric Toder


Obama’s tariffs may be smart move after all, by Alan Beattie

Stupid tire tariffs, by Brad DeLong

Symposium on the collapse in world trade, Gary Hufbauer and others


College education online, by Kevin Carey

Graduates in the US see the biggest pay benefit, Financial Times

Colleges are failing in graduation rates, by David Leonhardt

The college calculation, by David Leonhardt

Schooling pays off in more ways than money, by Philip Oreopoulos and Kjell Salvanes

Poor students at rich colleges, by Catherine Rampell

Teacher pay around the world, by Catherine Rampell


Ugly truths about housing, by Edward Glaeser

U.S. politics

“Government” still not popular, by Steve Benen

Do governments affect spending?, by Chris Dillow

Why bipartisanship matters, by Kevin Drum

What does the Congressional Budget Office do? Doug Elmendorf interviewed by Ezra Klein

Winning with the economy, or without it, by Stanley Greenberg

Job one, by John Judis

The case for filibustering, by Greg Koger

Roosevelt, the great divider, by Jean Edward Smith

Are the Republicans now officially a southern party?, by Joshua Tucker


My preferred exile, by Tyler Cowen

Chinese century may be a long time coming, by Geoff Dyer

The anarchy of success, by William Easterly

Is Africa an exception to the rule that countries reap a demographic dividend as they grow richer?, The Economist

Japan’s election, The Economist

The strange chill in Chile, The Economist

Europe’s socialists suffering even in bad capitalist times, by Steven Erlanger

Germany’s election, Financial Times

From baby-sitting to adoption, by Thomas Friedman

Can liberalism be both opposed to imperialism and devoted to human rights?, by Richard Just

The Afghanistan abyss, by Nicholas Kristof

Child mortality rate declines globally, New York Times

America has passed on the baton, by Jeffrey Sachs

Norway’s election, by Joshua Tucker

Where the foreigners are, by Matthew Yglesias


Online archive of The Public Interest

Let the children play (more), by Stuart Brown

Wealthcare, by Jonathan Chait

What is conservatism?, by Tyler Cowen

Coming out in middle school, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Drug decriminalization: evidence from Portugal, The Economist

Presentations, Ignite-style, by Henry Farrell

The self-storage self, by Jon Mooallem

Why does tennis have fewer unique winners than golf?, by Hareesh Nagarajan (via Tyler Cowen)

The Daily Beast seeks to publish books quickly, New York Times

How to read a column, by William Safire

Are your friends making you fat?, by Clive Thompson

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