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  1. Shocker – an author that I know writes lots in support of unions finds evidence in support of unions. In this case, Richard Freeman, et al, suggest a link between unions, a successful middle class and mobility. To be fair, Freeman’s seminal book is more even-handed than you might think. However as far as this paper goes, if unions positively select for productivity, as they surely must, then the findings would not be surprising. I wonder if a similar paper written from an occupational licensing perspective would find the same things?
  2. Medicare payment reimbursements as a private insurer focal point.
  3. Make your head spin – examine where the uncertainty is in climate-economic modeling.
  4. Medicare Advantage plans (i.e. private plans administering part of the government program) seem to reduce costs and usage without adverse effects on health outcomes. I am sure many an Op-Ed will appear in Slate and the NY Times regarding this finding.
  5. How much did industrial pollution contribute to mortality during the Industrial Revolution? I view this as pretty awesome evidence.
  6. Score yet another “victory” for the hypothesis that “no┬áK12 education interventions work.” This time, special reading instruction support for teachers is not found to improve student reading outcomes. Again, another result surely to be spread far and wide by the mainstream media.

2 Responses to “Weekly Research Roundup – No Surprises Here”

  1. stan says:

    Of course, these are academic studies. And most academic studies are wrong.

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