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July 29, 2013 9:53 AM Inequality of Opportunity Begins at Birth

Equality of opportunity means that we are not a caste society. Who we will become is not fixed by the circumstances of our births. Some children will do better than others, but this should result from a fair competition. Nearly...

By Bill Gardner

July 10, 2013 6:44 AM Young White Women, Killing Themselves by Tanning

Despite the hoopla over dysfunction in Washington, the government can still do useful things. To prove it, the Food and Drug Administration should move aggressively to implement and then strengthen its proposed cancer warnings about tanning beds. A stunning 20...

By Peter Orszag

July 01, 2013 10:00 AM The Problem with Health Care 'Technology'

We tend to equate “technology” with “high-tech,” e.g., devices built on microprocessors. That’s a mistake. “Technology” is broader than that, encompassing any practical application of scientific knowledge. There are many, valuable low-tech technologies in health care, as in most other...

By Austin Frakt

June 18, 2013 9:45 AM How Income Redistribution Improves Infant Health

An enormous literature documents that better off people are healthier than worse off people (entry points here or here). But that’s not the same thing as showing that transferring resources from the rich to the poor would improve the health...

By Bill Gardner

June 07, 2013 8:08 AM The Medical Research Funding Squeeze

The National Institutes of Health has announced the cuts to medical research that will be required by the federal budget sequester. Although the new cuts hurt, the proportion of grant proposals being funded has been dropping for many years. The...

By Keith Humphreys