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India has eradicated polio

The country had 741 infections in 2009, but not a single one in 2012 or 2013.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 13, 2014
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The Wonkblog Guide to Holiday Giving

Haven't given to charity yet this season? Don't worry - here's everything you need to know to make your gift count.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 26, 2013
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The government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high

Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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Kids don’t die nearly as much as they did just 20 years ago

You've got to admit, it's getting better. It's getting better, all the time.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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Why Obama shouldn’t care about backing down on Syria

Some argue that the U.S. will damage its reputation if it backs down on Syria. The academic evidence doesn't really bear that out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 12, 2013
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British austerity was even worse than you thought

Beware of economists yielding regressions, but the latest work on the effects of austerity should make you stand up and take notice.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 9, 2013
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Fourteen countries that don’t have debt ceilings and are not on fire

It's not the most airtight of arguments, but it's worth noting that it's totally possible to (a) not have a statutory limit on government debt and (b) not be engulfed in flames.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2013
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America’s secret intelligence budget, in 11 (nay, 13) charts

For the first time, we know where the $52.6 billion we spend on intelligence operations goes. Here's the rundown.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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Syria: The very, very basics

As the U.S. prepares to intervene against another Middle Eastern leader, here are the very basics of the conflict to date.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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This chart might make you feel better about American inequality

The poorest Argentinians and Indians are actually poor. The poorest Americans are solidly middle-class, from a global perspective.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 15, 2013
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We’re turning Japanese, I think we’re turning Japanese: This scatterplot sure seems to think so.

If you plot the country's unemployment rates against its inflation rates, the result looks an awful lot like…JAPAN!

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 10, 2013
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Raghuram Rajan is India’s new central banker. God help him.

The University of Chicago economist will be India's Ben Bernanke, but the two men's challenges could not be more different.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 7, 2013
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We’ve tried securing embassies to fight terrorism. It doesn’t work.

Research suggests that efforts to fortify embassies in the wake of threats sometimes achieve the opposite effect.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 5, 2013
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Shut up, royal baby haters. Monarchy is awesome.

Constitutional monarchies are as successful, if not more so, than republics. Plus they have awesome rituals and jewels and stuff. What's not to like?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 23, 2013
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Congrats on being born, Royal Baby. Your timing is terrible.

Once, being the British royal family head was a boss position. Now it just means powerlessly overseeing decline.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 22, 2013
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Edward Snowden can go to Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia. Here, we help him decide.

Here are a few things he should consider before he picks from Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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Think our Senate is horrible? Wait til you see Canada’s

Canada's Senate is embroiled in scandal. Will they adopt our model instead?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 9, 2013
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Britain is doing well on employment despite a crummy economy. Why?

Britain has had sluggish growth, but an all right labor market. The secret? Paying workers a lot less.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 16, 2013
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A look back at Margaret Thatcher’s economic record

Margaret Thatcher fundamentally changed how the government of Britain worked, and influenced everyone from Ronald Reagan to Brian Mulroney in the process.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 8, 2013
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Everything you need to know about Pope Francis’s macroeconomic views

On most issues, the new pope is a social conservative, and he is no liberation theologian. But the Catholic Church in Argentina, of which he was a leader, hates austerity.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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