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  • 14 Sep 2023
    Ross A. Thompson


    Science informs public understanding on everything from climate change to cancer treatments to child development. But how does it do so, and who determines what the public learns? Does science infiltrate public awareness from the work of science journalists reporting on new discoveries in places like the New York Times or the BBC? Or from the efforts of […]

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  • 18 Feb 2022
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    Christopher Wlezien, Stuart N. Soroka

    Media Coverage Isn’t as Bad as You Might Think

    It is entirely reasonable to believe that media coverage is systematically flawed. In some ways, it is! Too much attention is paid to violent crime (Altheide 1997; Soroka 2014). Tweets are increasingly presented as representative public opinion (McGregor 2019). Changes in media technology have facilitated, and quite possibly enhanced, political polarization in media sources and […]

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  • 25 Nov 2020
    James L. Perry

    (Re)Discovering Our “Better Angels”

    What do the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, free and fair elections, and secure homelands share in common? It is this: achieving these extraordinary ends depends on committed public servants doing their jobs, day in and day out, sometimes in the face of significant challenges. The special disposition of public servants to put others […]

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  • 6 Aug 2019
    Scott H. Decker, David C. Pyrooz

    Who runs the joint? Gangs and social order in prisons

    To most people, life in prison is a mystery. In a new study, we examine many aspects of prison life, with a special focus on the role of gangs. We interviewed 802 inmates in prison in Texas, half of whom were gang members. With 150,000 inmates, Texas is the largest state prison system in the […]

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  • 15 Feb 2019
    Professor Ng Yew Kwang

    Markets and Morals: Justifying Kidney Sales and Legalizing Prostitution

    Should prostitution, or the buying and selling of sexual services, be legalized? Similarly for the monetary exchanges of many other controversial items like kidneys and other organs, blood, surrogate motherhood, line sitting/standing, etc. Should essential goods like water be priced at their full social costs of supply? Should more monetary fines be used in place […]

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  • 26 May 2017
    Guy Thomas

    Insurance and adverse selection: counter-argument

    My previous blog summarised the orthodox argument why adverse selection in insurance is a bad thing. This present blog gives the counter-argument from my book Loss Coverage: Why Insurance Works Better with Some Adverse Selection. In essence, the counter-argument relies only on simple arithmetic, and can be illustrated by a toy example. Think of a […]

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  • 25 May 2017
    Guy Thomas

    Insurance and adverse selection: orthodoxy

    Guy Thomas explores why adverse selection in insurance is usually seen as a bad thing in the first of two blog posts based on his new book Loss Coverage.

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  • 14 Apr 2017
    Mark A. Zupan

    How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest

    Mark A. Zupan, author of Inside Job, discusses whether democracy - government by the people - can ensure government for the people.

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