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More than half the poor are not covered by Medicaid, the program designed to serve them. Louise Russell outlines a program that would make health care available to all of the poor.
The paper sets out two views of the facts about the effects of globalization on world poverty and inequality. The bottom line: globalization is not the cause, but neither is it the solution to world poverty and inequality. The paper then explores why and how the global economy is stacked against the poor, making globalization asymmetric, at least up to now. It concludes with some ideas about a new agenda of good global politics, an agenda to shape a future global economy and society that is less poor and less unequal -- not only because it is more global and competitive, but also because it is more fair and more politically representative.
Consumers, firms, and government spend $1.3 trillion on transportation, which accounts for roughly 17 percent of U.S. GDP. Transportation also absorbs about $1.2 trillion in travelers' and shippers' time--a valuable commodity excluded from GDP. Ttransportation policy is an important means for government to exert its influence on the economy. From regulating international air fares to providng bus service to owning and operating the roads, the government's presence in the U.S. transportation sector is pervasive.This paper argues, however, that the government's extensive involvement in transportation is undesirable and that it should greatly reduce its role in all aspects of transportation. By repeatedly failing to enact efficient policies to allocate transportation resources and by rigidly pursuing policies that have undermined the efficiency of every transportation mode and the welfare of most users--especially those with the lowest incomes---policymakers have assured that government failures are compromising the performance of the U.S. transportation sector far more than market failures.By ridding the transportaton sector of most observable government failures and by allowing innovation and state-of-the-art technology to flourish free of government interference, the private sector can vastly improve transportation and thereby advance our standard of living. The only real uncertainty is how long policymakers will resist change.
After 25 years of federal Title IX regulation, only three dozen of the top 300 college athletics programs are in compliance. Women receive less than 40% of athletic scholarships. College sports are locked into a budgetary structure that favors two dominant men's sports, football and basketball. Divisive rhetoric and resistance delay balanced discussion on achieving gender equity. (MSE)
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