The Washington Post

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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One of DC's most accomplished budget wonks was born in December rather than January for tax reasons.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 14, 2013
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The weirdest finding in economics is no longer true.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 13, 2013
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People who create corporations score above average on the Illicit Activities Index, a new study shows. Oh, and they end up earning more than people on salary.

$1,000 more in per-child tax benefits increase the odds of babies being born in December rather than January by 1 percent, a new study finds.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 12, 2013
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When you ask Democrats and Republicans basic factual questions about politics, they tend to get questions wrong in a way that helps their side. But if they get paid to be right, they don't.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 3, 2013
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A new working paper finds that U.S. state capitals that are remote from population centers tend to be more corrupt — possibly due to less media coverage.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 16, 2013
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The data suggests that the more money you make, the happier and more satisfied you become. There is no end to the striving.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 29, 2013
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Researchers find that the price of used cars tends to plummet whenever they cross a 10,000 mile threshold on the odometer. Why? "Left-digit bias," perhaps.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 25, 2013
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We often describe economists in terms of whether they lean right or left. A new study by, well, economists, takes aim at that view. It finds that confidence, not politics, is what separates economists.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 28, 2013
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Generous family leave policies encourage women to stay in the workforce. But they could also keep them out of leadership roles.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 15, 2013
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For stingy countries, public works programs tend to be more effective than just handing out cash. The operative word, of course, is "tend".

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 7, 2013
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Usually, it's hard to find big effects from specific trade deals. But a new study argues that trade with China cut U.S. manufacturing jobs by almost a third.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 6, 2013
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A new working paper suggests that a complete ban on fast food ads would cut childhood obesity by 14 percent. But stopping restaurants from counting those ads as a business expense would help too.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 28, 2012
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The US, Canada and Mexico all saw wages grow as a result of NAFTA. But the results were most favorable in Mexico.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 12, 2012
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Tax hikes hurt a lot when taxes are already high. But when they're low, not so much.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 25, 2012
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High-quality preschools and quality kindergarten have been shown to have large effects on income years into the future. But a new study suggests that those benefits may be concentrated in those kids who are already healthy, and who may also be getting a boost from parental favoritism.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 2, 2012
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