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Founded in 1943, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research sponsors original research on the world economy, U.S. foreign policy and international security, and domestic political and social issues. AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of a free society—limited government, competitive private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and vigilant defense—through rigorous inquiry, debate, and writing.
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There is a popular conception that graduation from a more prestigious college equates to higher earnings. The data sugge...
06/03/2020
Does attending a more selective college equal a bigger paycheck? | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

There is a popular conception that graduation from a more prestigious college equates to higher earnings. The data suggest that narrative deserves a closer look.

Key Points There is a popular conception that graduation from a more prestigious college equates to higher earnings. The data suggest that narrative deserves a closer look. Four years after graduation, median earnings for college graduates from less selective four-year institutions appear broadly si...

What nonviolent protest gains, violent protest unravels.
06/03/2020
The case against riots | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

What nonviolent protest gains, violent protest unravels.

In the origin myth of post-1960s liberalism, all the defeats that the Democratic Party suffered in the years of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were owed to the party’s heroic support for civil rights, which rectified a great injustice but opened the way for the Republicans to build majorities on ...

Rigorous testing will ensure that Americans can trust the shot they take will be safe and effective.
06/01/2020
A fast coronavirus vaccine, without cutting corners | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Rigorous testing will ensure that Americans can trust the shot they take will be safe and effective.

Can America reopen without a major resurgence of Covid-19? We’ve learned a great deal about controlling the virus. In the summer people will spend time outdoors, which can reduce the risk. Yet a second wave could come in the fall as schools open and businesses try to return to normal. Americans wi...

A new bill in Congress can fix counterproductive restrictions that the Secretary has placed on the Paycheck Protection P...
06/01/2020
Trump’s Treasury is blocking aid to struggling businesses | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

A new bill in Congress can fix counterproductive restrictions that the Secretary has placed on the Paycheck Protection Program.

President Donald Trump understands that his chances of winning the November election depend on the strength of the economy. So why is his Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, going out of his way to impede a recovery? Congress established the Paycheck Protection Program in late March to provide forgi...

President Trump’s executive order targeting social media platforms is unlikely to result in any appreciable change in po...
05/31/2020
Trump’s social media executive order is a mistake | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

President Trump’s executive order targeting social media platforms is unlikely to result in any appreciable change in policy, but might still give him a political victory.

President Trump’s executive order targeting social media platforms is unlikely to result in any appreciable change in policy, but might still give him a political victory.

The nonprofit created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to tame costs and improve quality in job-based h...
05/30/2020
Haven can’t fix employer health care | AEI

The nonprofit created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to tame costs and improve quality in job-based health insurance is floundering after more than two years of operations.

Haven never stood a chance. The nonprofit created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to tame costs and improve quality in job-based health insurance is floundering after more than two years of operations. Its problems stem from a flawed premise. The founding companies assumed that e.....

Vulnerabilities in the unemployment insurance system have been exacerbated by a historic surge in benefit claims and com...
05/29/2020
Elevated claims and payments make unemployment insurance a bigger target for scammers | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Vulnerabilities in the unemployment insurance system have been exacerbated by a historic surge in benefit claims and compounded by extraordinary policies enacted in response to the crisis.

Longstanding vulnerabilities in the unemployment insurance system have been exacerbated by a historic surge in benefit claims and compounded by extraordinary policies enacted in response to the crisis.

We should all do our part, but it’s time for kids to go back to school, to restart treatments and clinical trials for no...
05/28/2020
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We should all do our part, but it’s time for kids to go back to school, to restart treatments and clinical trials for non-COVID-19 patients, and to stop asking millions of Americans to sacrifice their livelihoods.

05/27/2020
In helping Hong Kong, follow the Cold War model | Opinion

The Chinese Communist Party's move to defy its legal obligations and dismantle Hong Kong's autonomy leaves the Trump White House with few good options.

The U.S. could simultaneously hurt the Chinese Communist Party and greatly improve its own position.

This year, Americans may have the quiet space to think about the history and meaning of Memorial Day, and give thanks to...
05/25/2020
This Memorial Day, COVID-19 Will Force Us to Stay Home; Maybe That’s a Good Thing | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

This year, Americans may have the quiet space to think about the history and meaning of Memorial Day, and give thanks to those who served and died.

Dust off your water skis because summer has begun! Clean your grills for fresh burgers and dogs — the neighbors are coming over! Get down to the stores for the big sales for new cars, furniture and TVs! Put on your Uncle Sam hat and wave your mini flag — the parade is about to …

As we emerge from COVID-19 shutdowns, consumers will need confidence to venture out, and policymakers will be eager to e...
05/24/2020
A tale of two contact-tracing apps: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

As we emerge from COVID-19 shutdowns, consumers will need confidence to venture out, and policymakers will be eager to ensure that they can respond effectively to any resurgence of the virus.

As we emerge from COVID-19 shutdowns, consumers will need confidence to venture out, and policymakers will be eager to ensure that they can respond effectively to any resurgence of the virus. Mobile phone-based applications are well-suited to assist with both of these objectives.

Graduation is a leap into uncertainty even during ordinary times, and COVID-19 times are far from ordinary. Arthur Brook...
05/24/2020
4 Rules for Identifying Your Life’s Work

Graduation is a leap into uncertainty even during ordinary times, and COVID-19 times are far from ordinary. Arthur Brooks' advice to all graduates remains the same as it would have been without a pandemic: Find your marshmallow.

What shape your professional path should take depends on how you define success.

Too many of us are skeptical that there are many cool, important innovations left to come. Such views represent a profou...
05/22/2020
What might greater scientific and technological progress bring us? Here’s a tiny hint. | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Too many of us are skeptical that there are many cool, important innovations left to come. Such views represent a profound lack of imagination. So it’s the job of the optimists to help paint pictures and tell stories of possible better tomorrows.

Too many of us are skeptical that there are many cool, important innovations left to come. Such views represent a profound lack of imagination. So it’s the job of the optimists to help paint pictures and tell stories of possible better tomorrows.

School districts will need federal support, but they can also count on a guaranteed stream of tax dollars going forward....
05/22/2020
Some Private Schools Are Struggling, Too. Let’s Not Forget Them.

School districts will need federal support, but they can also count on a guaranteed stream of tax dollars going forward. Thousands of small, irreplaceable private schools will not have that backstop.

Schools with high tuition and deep endowments are not the norm in K-12 education.

In the long run, the country is better served by policies that eschew heavy-handed government control in favor of polici...
05/22/2020
Intrusive interventions have unintended consequences | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

In the long run, the country is better served by policies that eschew heavy-handed government control in favor of policies that rely on free markets, respect property rights, and promote individual responsibility.

The last three months in America provide a taste of life in a socialist economy. Many government actions have eroded private property rights and disrupted the function of markets, unwittingly damaging the American economy.

The key tool to a safe opening is not social distancing.
05/20/2020
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The key tool to a safe opening is not social distancing.

We are doomed to high mortality and steep economic costs in future pandemics if we do not address the weaknesses in our ...
05/20/2020
Preventing future pandemic devastation starts with the heart | AEI

We are doomed to high mortality and steep economic costs in future pandemics if we do not address the weaknesses in our management of chronic diseases.

While the U.S. copes with COVID-19, we need to consider how much less deadly and devastating the pandemic could have been if the country had better underlying cardiovascular health. Seventy-one percent of patients requiring hospitalization and 78 percent of those in intensive care (and in danger of....

Small and midsize businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, but they aren’t getting the help they need.
05/19/2020
Who's looking out for main street? | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Small and midsize businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, but they aren’t getting the help they need.

Small and midsize businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, but they aren’t getting the help they need. Why, when the Cares Act provides direct assistance to the Treasury to assist these firms? Congress now has a chance to get to the bottom of it. On Tuesday the Senate Banking Committee will ...

The sensible thing for government to do about the pandemic in a small town or small city is different from the sensible ...
05/17/2020
Dealing with the pandemic is not entirely rocket science | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

The sensible thing for government to do about the pandemic in a small town or small city is different from the sensible thing for government to do in a big, crowded city.

The relationship of population density to the spread of the coronavirus should be considered by policymakers, because this relationship creates sets of policy options that are radically different in high-density and low-density areas.

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