Links: October 2009

Health care

Health insurance exchanges: will they work?, by Reed Abelson

Going Dutch: life after the public option, by Jonathan Cohn

How health care reform won, by Jonathan Cohn

No choice?, by Jonathan Cohn

The public option lives, by Jonathan Cohn

The top ten things worth fighting for, by Jonathan Cohn

How an insurance mandate could leave many worse off, by Tyler Cowen

The best of the health reform proposals, by Elise Gould and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Trigger unhappy, by Jacob Hacker

The penalty box, by Peter Harbage

Hawaii’s health system offers wide coverage and low costs, by Gardiner Harris

Reid’s big gamble (or is it?), by David Herszenhorn

A guide to the public option compromises in the Senate, by Ezra Klein

Expansion team, by Ezra Klein

Explaining the excise tax, by Ezra Klein

How the House and Senate bills will differ, by Ezra Klein

Should America copy the Dutch?, by Ezra Klein

The next step for health-care reform, by Ezra Klein

What do the insurers want?, by Ezra Klein

After reform passes, by Paul Krugman

If you build a coverage mandate, will they come?, by Alec MacGillis

The strength of European systems is portable coverage, by Michael Scott Moore

Mandates and affordability, New York Times

The public plan, continued, New York Times

Where do those without health insurance live?, by Floyd Norris

Missing the boat on cost containment, by Peter Orzsag

Why does the U.S. spend so much more on health than other countries?, by Mark Pearson

Hold the Mayo, by Harold Pollack

The case for mandating health insurance, by Uwe Reinhardt

Medicaid enrollment soars, by Kevin Sack

Swiss health care thrives without public option, by Nelson Schwartz

Health care in Denmark, by Matthew Yglesias

Health care in Sweden, by Matthew Yglesias

U.S. economy

Why do economists disagree so much on whether fiscal stimulus works?, The Economist

Shoppers’ shifting priorities, by Hannah Fairfield

Bruce Bartlett and supply-side economics, by James Galbraith

The wisdom of not nationalizing, by Ezra Klein

Misguided monetary mentalities, by Paul Krugman

Mission not accomplished, by Paul Krugman

The banks are not all right, by Paul Krugman

It’s the unemployment, stupid, by Robert Kuttner

Partisan economics in action, by David Leonhardt

Inside the crisis: Larry Summers and the White House economic team, by Ryan Lizza

Should we save or spend?, by Roger Lowenstein

They didn’t regulate enough and still don’t, by Jeff Madrick

Wall Street follies: the next act, by Gretchen Morgenson

A second Great Depression is still possible, by Thomas Palley

Pay restrictions may not fix underlying risk-taking, by Steven Pearlstein

Do not ignore the need for financial reform, by George Soros

Inconspicuous consumption, by James Surowiecki

People don’t know how they’re being helped, by Matthew Yglesias

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Happiness isn’t everything, by Julia Baird

Sick over sick days, by Dean Baker

How to create more jobs, by Timothy Bartik, James Galbraith, and Randall Wray

The high price of being a gay couple, by Tara Siegel Bernard and Ron Lieber

As job losses rise, Obama aides look to fix safety net, by Jackie Calmes

The Shriver report: a woman’s nation changes everything, Center for American Progress

Democrats and inequality, by Jonathan Chait

Life expectancy by incom, 1800 to 2007, by Arthur Charpentier

Study finds high imprisonment rate among dropouts, by Sam Dillon

Disenchantment with work is growing, The Economist

A plan to end the jobs crisis, by Ross Eisenbrey

Are federal workers overpaid?, by Nancy Folbre

Global income inequality, by Zubin Jelveh

Inequality of obesity, by Ezra Klein

Growth and jobs, by Paul Krugman

U.S. to order pay cuts at firms that got most aid, by Stephen Labaton

Are those $250 checks just pandering to seniors?, David Leonhardt vs. Dean Baker (via Mark Thoma)

How did “scientific management” become a way of life?, by Jill Lepore

Complete life satisfaction, by Daniel Little (via Mark Thoma)

Americans in their 50s and 80s are least happy, by Catherine Rampell

The job market, in charts, by Catherine Rampell

What should be done for jobs?, by Robert Reich

Did the pay czar whiff?, by Noam Scheiber

How the recession is killing private social insurance, by Noam Scheiber

Inequality as policy: the United States since 1979, by John Schmitt

Hunger, crowding, and other hardships are widespread among families in poverty, by Arloc Sherman

Crime: the striking gap between perceptions and reality, by John Sides

Crime: perceptions and reality, redux, by John Sides

Time to tackle America’s widening inequality, by Matthew Slaughter

Bonuses at Goldman Sachs, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Still on the job, but at half the pay, by Louis Uchitelle

A public option for broadband, by Matthew Yglesias

Inequality: facts and values, Will Wilkinson, John Nye, Elizabeth Anderson, and Lane Kenworthy


Bend the revenue curve, by Henry Aaron and Isabel Sawhill

Will the real marginal tax rate please stand up?, by Rosanne Altshuler and Jacob Goldin

Don’t cut the payroll tax, by Bruce Bartlett

Rising taxes squeeze local operations, by Jane Birnbaum

Tax evaders face choice: pay or pray, by Lynnley Browning

Inside the business war against tax reform, BusinessWeek

Pelosi, the VAT, and Club Wagner, by David Leonhardt

The value added tax, by Greg Mankiw

Where the Bush tax breaks went, New York Times

State tax revenues falling off a cliff, by Catherine Rampell

The estate tax, by Catherine Rampell

The incredible shrinking estate tax, by Bob Williams

Whither revenues?, by Bob Williams

Taxes, taxes everywhere, by Matthew Yglesias


The future of the university, by Brad DeLong

Kristof’s misplaced war on teacher unions, by Richard Kahlenberg

Democrats and schools, by Nicholas Kristof

The uneducated American, by Paul Krugman

College costs keep rising, by Tamar Lewin


Treasury hails milestone in home loan modifications, by Peter Goodman


Offshorability, by Alan Blinder

Myth of rising protectionism, by Dani Rodrik


Trade unions in Canada, The Economist

U.S. politics

There is no common ground anymore, by Emily Badger

The wizard of Beck, by David Brooks

Why can’t liberals accept victory?, by Jonathan Chait

Nine months into the Obama administration: a look, by Brad DeLong

It’s not all about the benjamins, by Lee Drutman

Lobbying and influence reform, by Lee Drutman

Relationships, expertise, and the revolving door, by Lee Drutman

The imbalanced lobbying system, by Lee Drutman

Rich Dem, poor Dem, by Thomas Edsall

Rich voter, poor voter, red voter, blue voter: usually but not always, by Andrew Gelman

Congressmen matter, by Ezra Klein

Filibustering and deliberation, by Greg Koger

If a deficit falls in the forest …, by Paul Krugman

The politics of spite, by Paul Krugman

Assessing the GOP brand, by Brendan Nyhan

How Irving Kristol, RIP, can save the GOP, by Jacob Weisberg

Republicans run their political party the right way, by Matthew Yglesias


Several Afghan strategies, none a clear choice, by Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt

Chilean president rides high as term ends, by Alexei Barrionuevo

The rise of obesity in Europe, by Giorgio Brunello, Pierre-Carol Michaud, and Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

Comparing public spending and priorities across OECD countries, by Sabina Dewan and Michael Ettlinger

Education in the Arab world, The Economist

Financial innovation and the poor, The Economist

Italy’s manufacturing hubs have not withstood the recession as hoped, The Economist

The future of the EU, The Economist

French ideal of bicycle-sharing meets reality, by Steven Erlanger and Maia de la Baume

Don’t build up, by Thomas Friedman

Education and economic growth, by Edward Glaeser

What happened to Argentina?, by Edward Glaeser

Job losses around the world, by Brian Groom

Iceland after a year of financial crisis, by Robert Jackson

More schools, not troops, by Nicholas Kristof

The myth of Eurabia, by Simon Kuper

Finland tops global prosperity index, by Julie MacIntosh

Our endless desire to decode the French, by Donald Morrison

Maradona as metaphor for Argentines, by Charles Newbery and Alexei Barrionuevo

By some reliable measures, the recession is over, by Floyd Norris

The lands between Russia and China, by David Pilling

Finland makes broadband access a legal right, by Don Reisinger (via Tyler Cowen)

India’s malnutrition dilemma, by David Rieff

Can new farming methods, fairer trade, and birth control provide for a future global population of 9 billion?, by Tristram Stuart

The gender gap around the world, World Economic Forum (via Catherine Rampell)

The idea of a bargain, by Matthew Yglesias

More troops won’t solve Afghanistan, by Fareed Zakaria


Robin Hood, by Peter Applebome

Economics as a moral science, by Tony Atkinson (via Mark Thoma)

On Irving Kristol, politics, and The Public Interest, by Daniel Bell

Polanski and the maiden, by Christopher Caldwell

Just how relevant is political science?, by Patricia Cohen

Evidence vs. effectiveness?, by Chris Dillow

Polanski: some cognitive biases, by Chris Dillow

Review of Tyler Cowen’s Create Your Own Economy, by Henry Farrell

Against meat, or at least 99 percent of it, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Contrarianism’s end?, Free Exchange

The calorie-restriction experiment, by Jon Gertner

How different are dogfighting and football?, by Malcolm Gladwell

Austan Goolsbee, D.C.’s funniest celebrity

Abortion worldwide: a decade of uneven progress, Guttmacher Institute

Pissing off the other crowd, by Kieran Healy

The state of families, class, and culture, by Arlie Hochschild

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