April 16, 2014

Can Limiting Divorce Make Marriage Stronger?

I can see the appeal of making marriage more difficult to get out of. 

April 14, 2014

Why the Cuba Embargo Is Such a Bad Idea

U.S. policy toward Cuba has been a comprehensive failure.

April 14, 2014

Should We Force People to Save for Retirement?

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t save enough. 

April 14, 2014

The Mexican Government’s Image Problem

Mexicans don’t seem to care for President Enrique Peña Nieto or his historic economic reforms. And to be fair, it’s his fault.

April 14, 2014

Who Would Use Facebook as a Bank?

That’s the question that immediately arises from news that the social network intends to get into the electronic money business.

April 11, 2014

Jesus May Have Had a Wife, on Paper at Least

Was Jesus married? 

April 09, 2014

Crack-Smoking Mayor Gets Backing of Steroid-Using Sprinter

Because scandal is the only way to get Americans to care about both Canadian politics and Canadian sports, I present to you the Dream Team of the Great White North: Rob Ford and Ben Johnson.

April 09, 2014

Why Are Liberal Cities Bad for Blacks?

Nationally, blacks and Hispanics earn less than whites and generally have higher rates of unemployment. But there are significant regional variations. And looking at the Urban League rankings, I couldn’t help noticing how many northern liberal cities fared poorly on the racial equality index.

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April 08, 2014
The biggest fight of 2016 won’t be between Republican and Democrat presidential candidates but between the Avengers and the Justice League offerings from Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., respectively, which plan to release the comic-book-themed blockbusters two years from now on May 6.
(Read the commentary by Matthew C. Klein here. | Photo by Getty)

The biggest fight of 2016 won’t be between Republican and Democrat presidential candidates but between the Avengers and the Justice League offerings from Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., respectively, which plan to release the comic-book-themed blockbusters two years from now on May 6.

April 08, 2014

Keep the Government’s Hands Off My Coke Zero

Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health? 

April 07, 2014

Microsoft Plays on the Small Screen

Rather than trying to supplant existing television content, Microsoft merely wants to produce targeted and original programs for the young men who use its Xbox game consoles. 

April 07, 2014

Digital Cash Will Starve the Homeless

Most of us, whether we give to homeless-oriented charities or not, are not so organized. We sometimes give whatever small bills or change we happen to have in our pockets; if we don’t have money, we don’t give.

April 07, 2014

Why Starbucks Won’t Recycle Your Cup

When you drop that used white paper cup into the bin next to the door at a Starbucks, have you done your part to save the planet? 

April 04, 2014

Can Anyone Get a Job After Being in Prison?

The share of men in their prime who are part of the workforce has been falling for years and nobody really knows why.

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If the participation rate had held steady at about 94 percent, there would be more than 3 million additional men aged 25-54 either employed or looking for work.

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No one should minimize how hard it is for people who have been in prison to reintegrate into the workforce (this is a good survey of the evidence), but there is reason to think that changes in the economy offer a better explanation for the decline in male labor-force participation.

April 04, 2014

Countries for Old Men (and Women)

In recent years, researchers have made a lot of progress in understanding how happiness changes with age. 

While the level of sadness remains relatively constant throughout a person’s life, with a slight bump in middle age, older people worry a lot less, experience much less stress and are less frequently angry.

(Read the rest of this commentary by Leonid Bershidsky here.)