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Student loan debt is hardly a "crisis"

Here’s an interesting study from the Brookings Institution. It shows that the mean payment-to-income ratio on student loan debt repayments is lower than it was in 1989, which does damage to the claim that student loan debt is the reason why young people are seemingly absent from the home and stock markets. 298 more words

Economics

Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds
Source: Brookings Institution

Caveat: As I have noted in previous assessments, it is always difficult to assess the dynamics of an ongoing conflict.

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Social And Cultural Issues

Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding
Source: Brookings Institution

In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis.

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Government And Politics

Increasing Turnout in Congressional Primaries

Increasing Turnout in Congressional Primaries
Source: Brookings Institution

Elaine Kamarck argues that the best way to lessen political polarization and increase voter turnout is to establish a national primary day.

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Political Process

A Real Fix for Credit Ratings

A Real Fix for Credit Ratings
Source: Brookings Institution

The failure of credit ratings agencies to do their job – warn investors of the true risks entailed by the subprime mortgage securities they rated – was at the heart of the financial crisis.

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Business And Economics

Source of Weakness: Worrisome Trends in Solvency Regulation of Insurance Groups in a Post-Crisis World

Source of Weakness: Worrisome Trends in Solvency Regulation of Insurance Groups in a Post-Crisis World
Source: Brookings Institution

The regulation of insurer financial strength in the United States historically has focused on a fundamental principle: that the premiums and capital of any insurer are meant to pay the claims of that insurer’s policyholders and not to be drawn on to rescue a failing affiliate within the same group.

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Business And Economics