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Can we have an evidence-based government?

The federal government is getting more and more invested in evaluating its programs. But will that fix what ails it?

  • Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 16, 2013

Congress needs to play this budget game

The Hamilton Project has a lot of clever ideas for reforming the budget. Dig into them here.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 12, 2013

Brookings wants to revamp the federal budget. Here are its 11 best ideas.

Brookings' Hamilton Project has a lot of ways to make the federal budget more sustainable,from a carbon tax to better Medicare.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 25, 2013

Study: We won’t meet the Fed’s unemployment target for three years

The Fed won't raise rates until inflation is at 2.5 percent or unemployment is below 6.5 percent. The latter, a new study says, won't happen for another three years.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 17, 2012

Don’t believe the haters. College is a great deal — and it’s getting better.

College is not turning into a worse deal. If anything, the bang-for-your-tuition-buck is increasing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 5, 2012

College’s payoff is declining — unless you have financial aid

The past fifteen years have made college a worse (but still excellent) deal for the rich and better deal for the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 14, 2012

The big education investment the government is passing up

Spending on teachers has a return on investment of about 318 percent. It's hard to think of a private sector investment with that kind of bang for the buck.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 6, 2012

Wages aren’t stagnating, they’re plummeting

High school dropouts' earnings have fallen 66 percent since 1969, and people with some college - the median level of education in the United States - have seen earnings fall by a third. Reasonable people can disagree about what caused this massive decline and what should be done to fix it. But it's a major crisis.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 31, 2012