Links: November 2009

Health care

Ten ways to cut health-care costs right now, by Catherine Arnst

A milestone in the health care journey, by Ronald Brownstein

Mass appeal, by Jonathan Cohn

The House bill is “worse than nothing”? Really?, by Jonathan Cohn

We know how this debate ends. Or do we?, by Jonathan Cohn

What should we do instead of the Obama health reform bill?, by Tyler Cowen

Maybe a new day for doctors’ pay, by Robert H. Frank

The House public plan: yes, it’s worth it, by Jacob Hacker and Diane Archer

George Halvorson, Kaiser Permanente CEO, interviewed by Ezra Klein, parts one and two

Dutch view of choice in U.S. health care: it’s limited, by Gardiner Harris

Why is the Senate going to take so long?, by Suzy Khimm

An excise tax would raise workers’ wages by $313 billion, according to the Joint Tax Committee, by Ezra Klein

An insurance industry CEO explains why American health care costs so much, by Ezra Klein

Does health-care reform do enough on cost control? Interview with Jon Gruber, by Ezra Klein

Has the public-option fight been good for health-care reform?, by Ezra Klein

Health-care reform’s grand bargain, by Ezra Klein

Is a flawed health-care bill better than no bill at all?, by Ezra Klein

Is the weak public option bad politics?, by Ezra Klein

Why the Senate bill is better than the House bill on cost control, by Ezra Klein

Harry, Louise, and Barack, by Robert Kuttner

Falling far short of reform, by David Leonhardt

Making health care better, by David Leonhardt

The half-full health reform glass, by Maggie Mahar

A modest public plan, New York Times

Reform and medical costs, New York Times

A prescription for the healers, by Harold Pollack

Fighting the wrong health care battle, by Paul Starr

Skepticism on how well health bills cut costs, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Why we need an individual mandate, by Mark Thoma

Next battle for health care, by Matthew Yglesias

U.S. economy

Stimulus and jobs: we can do better, by Dean Baker

Threatening the Fed’s independence, by Alan Blinder

Counting the jobs produced by the stimulus, by Gary Burtless

New consensus sees stimulus package as worthy step, by Jackie Calmes and Michael Cooper

A macro policy catechism, by Brad DeLong

Basic background deficit math, by Brad DeLong

Slouching toward sanity, by Brad DeLong

Why are good policies bad politics?, by Brad DeLong

Are bankers worth their big paychecks?, by Justin Fox

Counting “jobs saved” by Obama fiscal stimulus, by Jeff Frankel

The roller coaster of economic indicators, by Jeff Frankel

Unending stimulus, or temporary stimulus followed by restraint?, by William Galston

The lost generation, by Paul Krugman

The phantom menace, by Paul Krugman

Too little of a good thing, by Paul Krugman

Recovery and debt: squaring the circle, by Robert Kuttner

Through a glass less darkly, by David Leonhardt

The GDP mirage, by Michael Mandel

A shaky start, by Mark Thoma

How to prevent the next financial crisis, by Mark Thoma

Will there be a new “normal” for unemployment?, by Mark Thoma

Worries about budget deficits and inflation: let’s avoid repeating our mistakes, by Mark Thoma

GDP data overstate the nation’s economic vigor, by Louis Uchitelle

Give us austerity and fiscal rectitude, but not quite yet, by Martin Wolf

Help small businesses hire again, by Mark Zandi

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Sociability predicts happiness, by Stefano Bartolini and colleagues (via Chris Dillow)

Taming the stock option game, by Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried

Pay controls once again, by Gary Becker

The case for a job-creation tax credit, by John Bishop

Can our shameful prisons be reformed?, by David Cole

49 million Americans report a lack of food, by Jason DeParle

Food Stamp use soars, and stigma fades, by Jason DeParle and Robert Gebeloff

Recession to leave permanent scars, by Chris Giles

The innovation administration, by Dana Goldstein

Job injuries are habitually underreported, by Steven Greenhouse

White House endorses paid sick leave bill, by Steven Greenhouse

Social isolation and new technology, by Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions, Eun Ja Her, and Lee Rainie

4 in 10 families lack money for essential household expenses when unemployed, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (via Mark Thoma)

Is California finished?, by John Judis

The jobs imperative, by Paul Krugman

What’s wrong with America’s jobs policy, by Paul Krugman

A wake-up call on jobs, by Robert Kuttner

Job woes exacting a heavy toll on family life, by Michael Luo

The poverty trap, by Greg Mankiw

Concerns grow for new lost generation, by Sarah O’Connor

Pay caps for financial executives, by Richard Posner

Women earn less than men, especially at the top, by Catherine Rampell

Economy is forcing young adults back home in record numbers, by Sam Roberts

Obama has lost his way on jobs, by Jeffrey Sachs

Five myths about our land of opportunity, by Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins

Teenage jobs and the minimum wage, by Heidi Shierholz

Perceptions of crime and the economy, by John Sides

The internet and civic engagement, by Aaron Smith, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry Brady

Bankers are likely to reap millions from efforts to curb pay, by Louise Story

Mortgage delinquencies reach a record high, by David Streitfeld

Jobs now, deficit reduction later, by Laura D’Andrea Tyson

Open access needed, by Matthew Yglesias


Financial transactions tax comes before value-added tax, by Dean Baker

The Europeanization of America, by Bruce Bartlett

The impact of state income taxes on low-income families, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Entitlement spending and the long-term budget outlook, by Douglas Elmendorf

Taxing the speculators, by Paul Krugman

How the tax code encourages debt, by James Surowiecki

Tax subsidies are subsidies, by Matthew Yglesias


Why California’s tuition hike might be a good thing, by Ian Ayres

Dreams of better schools, by Andrew Delbanco

What the 2009 NAEP math scores tell us, by Lisa Guernsey

Inequality goes to college, set of articles in The American Prospect


White House plan on immigration includes legal status, by Julia Preston


Obama offers targets to cut greenhouse gas, by John Broder

Is there a quick fix for the environment?, by Elizabeth Kolbert


World out of balance, by Paul Krugman


Obama and the unions, The Economist

Trade unions’ decline around the world, by Catherine Rampell

The changing face of unions, by John Schmitt and Kris Warner

U.S. politics

Politicians have a lot of leeway in how they vote, by Andrew Gelman

The Senate’s health care calculations, by Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver, and Daniel Lee

Good governance, by Thomas Friedman

Why Americans hate to love government, by John Judis

Four ways to end the filibuster, by Ezra Klein

Paranoia strikes deep, by Paul Krugman

Does unemployment affect midterm elections?, by Seth Masket

Progressive values are dominant, but Americans lack trust in government effectiveness, by Nathan Newman

The staggering rise of the filibuster, by Robert Schlesinger (via Ezra Klein)

When did the Senate get so bad?, by Mark Schmitt

How the government can make us better at self-government, by David Villano

White men are not very progressive, by Matthew Yglesias


What makes a nation rich?, by Daron Acemoglu

Free-market ideals survive the crunch, by Alan Beattie and Geoff Dyer

Economic parity remains a German dream, by Bertrand Benoit

The problem with half-measures in Afghanistan, by Stephen Biddle

Global hunger, by Javier Blas

Europe’s new president, by Stephen Castle and Steven Erlanger

Bringing war criminals to justice is a slow business, but the net is widening, The Economist

Lower fertility is changing the world for the better, The Economist

Sarkozy’s reforms, by Ban Hall and Peggy Hollinger

How can we help the world’s poor?, by Nicholas Kristof

China’s rise?, by John Plender

Whether or not it is good for Europe, it is very bad for Belgium, by Ingrid Robeyns

Public opinion two decades after the fall of the wall, by Joshua Tucker

Brazil’s Bolsa Familia scheme, by David White

Letter from Gaza, by Lawrence Wright

A third surge?, by Fareed Zakaria


The behavioral economics of Thanksgiving eating, by Ezra Klein

I opened a charming neighborhood coffee shop; then it destroyed my life, by Michael Idov (via Ezra Klein)

What’s next for macroeconomics?, by John Quiggin

Twilight of the op-ed columnist, by Paul Waldman

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