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Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

Discrimination Happens When You Don’t Even Realize It

Couple of excellent pieces on the state of bias from this past weekend.  First Nicholas Kristof on how our unconscious biases show themselves. Researchers at North Carolina State conducted an experiment in which they asked students to rate teachers of an online course (the students never saw the teachers). To some of the students, a […]

Rudy Giuliani has rightly gotten heaps of scorn for his idiotic comments last week at the dinner for Governor Walker.  But this managed to overshadow some of Walker’s own comments: Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and […]

Ranking The Presidents

President’s Day prompted several analysts to engage in the always popular practice of ranking the Presidents.  Harry Enten discussed who should really be on Mount Rushmore (and found that they did a pretty good job): But Franklin D. Roosevelt has since joined the four Rushmore presidents in historical greatness; he’s consistently rated among the top […]

In my latest column for The Hill, I look at how opponents of tobacco regulation denied the science for years and how we may be repeating history with climate change. When the science is as clear as it is on climate change or tobacco, eventually the public and then their representatives move toward the scientific […]

A thousand years ago droughts forced Native Americans to abandon cities like the one pictured above.  It could happen again soon. Without dramatic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the southwestern U.S. and Central Plains will suffer persistent drought in the latter half of the 21st century that would exceed even the worst droughts seen a […]

We have 25% of the world’s prisoners (but only 5% of the world’s population).  How has that affected our crime rates?  Very very little. Crime rates dropped as incarceration rates rose, for a time, but incarceration’s effect on crime weakened as more people were imprisoned. An increase in incarceration was responsible for something like 5 […]

They have been saying that they do.  John Stoehr argues that they don’t. All one needs to do to see the difference between what Republicans are saying and Republicans are doing is to look at the current session of Congress. The very first item on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Ky.) to-do list was passing […]

They charge as much as 300% interest and they exploit the poorest people who need loans.  Now the Obama Administration is planning on regulating them: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after the 2008 financial crisis, will soon release the first draft of federal regulations to govern a wide range of short-term loans. The rules […]

William Ruckelshaus was the EPA Administrator under Presidents Nixon and Reagan.  In a recent interview he fondly recalled the days when protecting the environment was a bipartisan cause. The Reagan Administration was less sympathetic than the Nixon Administration to environmental regulation, environmental laws, but nowhere near where the Republican Party has come today. There [was] […]

Paid family leave was one of the most prominent proposals in President Obama’s State of the Union address.  Rebecca Traister makes the case: The United States and its corporate structures were built with one kind of worker—frankly, with one kind of citizen—in mind. That citizen wage-earner was a white man. That this weakness is being […]

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