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How to do a Job Market Spiel? Be Justin Wolfers

I was looking up a paper on declining labor shares to prepare for interviews and came across these 90 second paper pitches by Justin Wolfers and realized that they are great demonstrations of how to do a job market spiel (see here, here, … Continue reading

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Universal Pre-School And Social Class: How Exposure to Peers from Poor Families Affects Students

First, I love these BPEA videos. Second, this one by Elizabeth Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, was quite interesting. Justin Wolfers notes that in two states that introduced universal Pre-K, poor families signed up (so their kids wouldn’t have gone otherwise) … Continue reading

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Is Forgiving Student Loans the Worst Idea Ever?

The third pillar of President Obama’s new college affordability plan is “ensuring that student debt remains affordable.” Here’s a bit more detail: The President has proposed allowing all student borrowers to cap their federal student loan payments at 10 percent of … Continue reading

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Debt Ceiling Deja Vu – What Happened Last Time?

This Stevenson & Wolfers op-ed from the last time games were played with not raising the debt ceiling has some informative, unpleasant graphs on consumer confidence and employment growth:

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Are We Sending the Best and Brightest to College?

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have an interesting column today in Bloomberg View: The real crisis in American higher education is that our best colleges never see a large chunk of our smartest students. In an important recent study, the economists Caroline … Continue reading

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Are Pollsters Asking the Wrong Question?

Here’s an interesting new take on election polling from Justin Wolfers In a recent academic research paper,  David Rothschild and I examined the results of a different kind of poll, one that asks instead: “Who do you think will win?” We find convincing evidence … Continue reading

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