Governance

Unintended Consequences: Lessons From an Anti-Fraud Reform

By ·June 1, 2017
Boston University

The Issue:

When individuals abuse government programs, governments often respond with reforms that involve stricter monitoring or punishments for violators. This is viewed as a way of improving program effectiveness and reducing costs. But these reforms can have unintended consequences that could limit the efficacy ...
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Leaning on The Fed

By ·April 13, 2017
Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

The Federal Reserve walks a tight balance between maintaining low unemployment and preventing the economy from heating up and unleashing inflation. Its decisions impact groups differently: raising interest rates can be painful for borrowers and businesses seeking to invest and expand; lowering them can ...
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Rules, Regulations, and Social Benefits

By ·March 8, 2017
University of Texas, Austin

The Issue:

Over 90 regulations have been delayed, suspended or reversed by federal agencies and the Republican-controlled Congress since President Trump took office. The new administration has undertaken to undo many of the rules and regulations put in place under the Obama administration. And, if the direction of ...
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The Corrosion from Corruption

By ·February 2, 2017
Boston University

The Issue:

The concern that people or corporations might try to influence those in power to pursue private goals at the expense of the public good crosses party lines. President Trump's calls to "Drain the Swamp" resonated with many of his supporters during the presidential election. Similarly, critics of the new administration ...
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