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The Young Economist

Economics often presumes that people act rationally. Ulrike Malmendier knows better.

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The Greatest Gift

Andrew Mellon gave America its finest art museum, the National Gallery.

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The Devil Wears Kiton

Decadent Naples has become the center of haute men’s fashion.

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The Thin Veneer of Globalization

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON says that the spread of economic wealth and instant media coverage are working to the advantage of America’s enemies.

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The Perils of a Late Landing

Political shifts occur in Washington when monetary policy is tight—that is, interest rates are much higher than growth rates. DAVID MALPASS paints such a scenario for the 2008 presidential election. It would damage the economy and the chances of the Republican candidate.

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Organs for Sale

Eleven Americans die each day because they can’t get a kidney transplant, writes Dr. SALLY SATEL, who was one of the lucky ones who did get one. The best way to provide more kidneys is to give donors compensation. Here’s how a market in organs can meet moral objections.

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Patriots vs. Redskins

Who has it right, and who has it wrong? KEVIN HASSETT on the economics of managing an NFL football team.

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Question & Answer

To help elucidate the mysteries of climate change, Kenneth Green answers fourteen questions and separates hard fact from speculation.

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10 Best Business Movies

When THE AMERICAN set out to choose the ten best business movies of all time, we looked for three qualities: (1) a great movie, (2) a relatively realistic picture of business, and (3) an attitude not openly hostile to capitalism as we know and love it.

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Learning to Love Charlie Rangel

Afraid of or dismayed at the new chairman of the Ways and Means Committee? Rangel has hugged Fidel and compared George Bush with notorious racist Bull Connor, but he may have hidden virtues when it comes to free trade.

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The American Interview

Intel chairman Craig Barrett says America’s global economic dominance is threatened from within.

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Why Zune won't play for sure

Microsoft's new music player shows that we need to reform the DMCA.

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A Starting Point for Sarbox Reform

Sarbanes-Oxley has been burdening executives with cost and anxiety for years. But reform may finally be on the horizon.

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Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

A new look at the motivational speaking industry shares the faults of its subject

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What Are Women Worth?

A new study suggests that Wall Street still has different standards for men and women.

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The Secret Life of Lou Dobbs

Why did the influential CNN business anchor undergo an abrupt metamorphosis from corporate sycophant to fire-breathing populist? LUKE MULLINS found the surprising answer in Rupert, the hardscrabble Idaho town where Dobbs grew up.

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Rwanda Redux

A decade after the genocide, Rwanda, with help from two Chicago financiers, has been spreading the idea that it’s a good place to do business, not just a place for do-gooders to come help. Now, it’s the most improved country in Africa.

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Spooky Serendipity

When you use the iPod’s shuffle feature, the machine seems to know what is taking place around it. Is randomness part of Apple’s grand scheme? Can cell phones do it better?

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Two Cheers for the FDA

The recent decision to allow silicone breast implants was a sadly unusual victory of evidence over fear for the agency.

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The Class Struggle of Jim Webb

Billed as a moderate, the new Virginia senator sounds more like an old-school leftist.

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An Appreciation

Milton Friedman, 1912-2006

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Political Vertigo in the United Kingdom

What do "Left" and "Right" still mean in British politics?

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The Puzzle of Parisian Partisanship

Of all large European nations, France is the country where political leaders are most vocally opposed to capitalism and globalization--at least in theory.

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China's New Scramble for Africa

The Chinese are looking at Africa as a business opportunity, not a charity case. America should pay attention.

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Remembering Robert Altman

The late director had an unusual gift, maintaining artistic independence inside the studio system.

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The Ties that Bind

Neckties are worthwhile precisely because they are superfluous.

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OJ Nearly Makes a Killing

Fox backs away, and not a moment too soon

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Want to Control Spending?

Give taxpayers a voice in government. If the federal government were as good at saving taxpayer money as it is at spending it, we'd all be better off.

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What's in a Name?

Watch out for "Ecological" Economics.

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Thinking Inside the Box

A "fair trade" critic of Wal-Mart ought to focus on keeping markets free—in part by fighting the rents that Wal-Mart extracts from local governments.

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Does Anybody Really Know How to Limit Government?

They said they'd keep the federal government strictly limited—and they failed. No, I don't mean the Republicans in Congress. I’m talking about a far more esteemed group of intellectuals: the Federalists, who urged the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

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