• par Sabina Morris, John Hudak, Christine Stenglein
    The most recent wave of successful legalization efforts has demonstrated the effectiveness of pro-cannabis reformers to frame cannabis policy as a civil rights and racial justice issue. Between November 2020 and April 2021, seven additional states approved laws to fully legalize adult-use cannabis. Thus far, 18 states plus DC have voted, either by ballot initiative… […]
  • par Tom Wheeler
    The Chinese government has been dismantling the bulwark behind which American Big Tech has been hiding to avoid domestic regulation. “While people are concerned with the size and power of tech companies,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg warned in 2019, “there is also a concern in the United States with the size and power… […]
  • par Tamara White
    Earlier this month, the World Bank launched its latest edition of Africa’s Pulse, which explores the trajectories and trends in economic growth (or losses) for regions and specific countries in Africa. Per the report, COVID-19 has had significant impact on the extractive sector. In fact, according to Deloitte in a separate report, oil companies have…      
  • par Elaine Kamarck
    As we approach President Biden’s first 100 days in office many will use the occasion to evaluate his performance. Why 100 days? There is no constitutional or statutory significance to the first 100 days of a president’s term. In the first hundred and forty-four years of the Republic no one made a big deal about… […]
  • par Jackson Gode, Kennedy Teel
    For the second year in a row, the IRS has extended the filing date for federal taxes.[1] The new May 17th deadline will provide financial flexibility to Americans currently navigating the hardships brought on by the pandemic and it will also deliver a vital administrative reprieve to the underfunded and overburdened tax agency. While this… […]
  • par Madiha Afzal, Michael E. O'Hanlon
    President Biden’s decision to bring home all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a major mistake. U.S. troops have already been cut more than 95% since their peak levels, troop casualties in recent years have been reduced even more than that, and costs to the taxpayer have dropped by 90% over the last 10 years. There is no endless cycle of… […]
  • par Omer Karasapan, Sajjad Shah
    Lebanon is on the brink of collapse. It has experienced a self-inflicted financial and economic meltdown, the pandemic, and the massive blast at the Port of Beirut. Saddled with a faltering confessional governance structure, unable to undertake reforms and unlock foreign assistance, sectarian and social tensions are rising as the economy spirals downward. GDP decreased… […]
  • par Vanda Felbab-Brown
    The Biden administration’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 is a wise strategic choice that took significant political courage. The administration correctly assessed that perpetuating U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan has become a strategic liability and a futile investment that lost the capacity to alter the basic political and… […]
  • par Sophia Campbell, Tyler Powell, Louise Sheiner
    Studies in this week’s Hutchins Roundup find many workers in fluid labor markets transition from higher to lower productivity firms, the 2018 deduction on pass-through business income has seen little response so far, and more. Want to receive the Hutchins Roundup as an email? Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.…      
  • par Hannah Van Drie, Morgan Welch
    In the fall of 2019, under the auspices of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative, we talked with over 100 middle-class Americans across the country about how they allocate their time, navigate their financial security and health, give and receive respect, and forge meaningful relationships with the important people in their lives. We heard how they worried about not being a good provider or spending enough time with their children, all while feeling immense pressure to be productive.  These focus groups confirmed much of what we already knew – the American middle-class is complicated, multifaceted,… […]