“American Women Are Having Fewer Children Than They’d Like,” I recently noted in an article for The New York Times. The article generated pushback, especially from progressives who charged me with ignoring the role that public policy may be playing...
Republican Congressional leaders are talking about voting on a second tax cut bill later this year. The tax cuts passed last year were made permanent for corporations but will expire in 2025 for individuals. The leaders’ proposal would make the...
Lyman StoneThis proposal for a large tax credit to employers for making new hires if they adopt e-Verify is so bad.
If you want to help workers and families, just raise the EITC and the CTC.
Lyman StoneContrary evidence:
Q: Does school quality impact intergenerational economic mobility?
A: A little bit, but it turns out educational quality is a smaller driver than *wait for it and raise the @WilcoxNMP bat-signal*
Lyman StoneQ: Why does social capital boost economic outcomes?
A: Maybe because places with social capital force their governments to invest in human capital/education more than other places. (cc @swinshi
Lyman StoneNext paper (Neumark!)
Q: Does treating pain with opioids actually help people get back to work:
A: Short-term, acute pain, yes. Long-term, chronic pain, no: opioids *extend* the duration of unemployment! #NBERday
We like to think of America as sexually permissive. We’re bombarded with stories of rapid-fire Tinder liaisons and meaningless college hookups. The reality isn’t monastic but is more staid than most of us think. The median American woman has had...
Lyman StoneThis @NickWolfinger article about promiscuity, education, and why American sex habits are changing is interesting and also hilariously neutrally stated.
Democrats think time is on their side. But they should keep their eye on three important trends.
Lyman StoneThis is a good @RameshPonnuru article. I will add to this that the post-2007 fertility decline has disproportionately hit minorities. The steepest falls are among Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans.
Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.
Lyman StoneThis article is a ringing endorsement of the liberal arts model in childhood education generally, and Classical Latin education specifically, and it doesn't even mention any of those things.
We are in a very divided moment, and when divisions run that deep, centralized decision-making can make it worse. But that's no argument for secession.
Lyman StoneI'm in @FDRLST again today arguing that @JesseKellyDC is wrong: we don't need a national divorce. We just need to go to marriage counseling.
And also if you try and cut those brake lines we will burn Atlanta to the ground.
Lyman StoneQ: Why are there so many heroin overdoses?
A: Because in August 2010 OxyContin was reformulated to prevent abuse, so abusers switched to heroin. No seriously it's a clear series break. #NBERday
Lyman StoneQ: What happens if we teach a bunch of formerly-very-violent Liberian farmers ways to nonviolently manage disputes?
A: They become less violent! Because local elites monopolize the peaceful system! nber.org/papers/w24482 #NBERday
Migrants have become far more likely to claim asylum. The result is a growing backlog of court cases, which harms actual refugees and drags U.S. resources.
Lyman StoneI'm in @FDRLST today arguing that there is good reason to be concerned at changing border dynamics, particularly the rise in ultimately-rejected asylum claims by Latin American migrants.
Citizenship is a normal thing to include in a major government survey, hence why virtually all include a question about citizenship.
Lyman StoneOver the Easter weekend I forgot to share my most recent @FDRLST post:
You may have heard that the WH claimed the citizenship question was longstanding, and various fact-checkers said they were wrong.
Actually, the WH was right.