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Jan 19, 2022

Only four times in US presidential history has the candidate with fewer popular votes won the election. Two of those occurred recently in 2000 and 2016, leading to calls to reform the system.

Far from being a fluke, this peculiar outcome of the US Electoral College has a high probability in close races, according to a


Jan 5, 2022

This is a rebroadcast of a conversation that Chris Fleisher had with University of Georgia professor Emily Lawler back in 2019 about her research on vaccine mandates for adolescents.


Dec 22, 2021

Head Start was launched nearly sixty years ago as part of the United States’ War on Poverty. Since then, it has helped prepare millions of kids for first grade.

The architects of the program hoped that putting disadvantaged children on more equal footing with their better-off peers would set them up for future...


Dec 8, 2021

The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a national conversation around police reform, with proposals ranging from reallocating resources to outright abolition of local departments.

Economists could help inform these discussions. But critics say existing economic research falls short of understanding the true...


Nov 24, 2021

With advances in modern medicine, US life expectancy steadily improved over the second half of the 20th century. But that progress masked a growing gap in mortality between poorer and richer states that started in the 1980s. 

The exact reasons for this divergence are still unknown, but a paper in the Journal of...