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    Stuck in the Middle: American Student Performance Stagnates on New PISA Exam

    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just released the findings from its most recent assessment of student academic achievement internationally. The PISA is administered every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and assesses the student achievement of 15-year-olds in math, science, and reading, … More

    Meretricious? Senator Whitehouse Is Projecting

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spent eight minutes berating me at a Senate Budget Committee hearing yesterday. He disliked the facts I presented on austerity, so he called into question my professional honor and integrity. My testimony pointed out that structural reform and well-designed spending cuts are the best policy for stabilizing … More

    Fareed Zakaria’s Poverty of Ideas

    Globe-trotting journalist Fareed Zakaria is on suspension from his posts at CNN and TIME magazine after he admitted to plagiarizing sections of a column on gun control. But the physical plagiarism isn’t the real problem with Zakaria’s work. He could have solved that with some quotation marks and a hyperlink. … More

    A Lesson from Greece

    We’ve corrected Paul Krugman in the past, when he mistakenly invoked imaginary British spending cuts as proof that undercutting Keynesian hydraulics will demolish an already limp economic recovery. This time he points to Greek austerity – or “spending cuts” – as he characterizes it. “Not a day goes by without … More

    OECD’s CSR Guidelines: Corporate State Department Responsibility?

    This week the U.S. State Department announced the launch of the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Nanny-state scolds on the left have increasingly called for more corporate social responsibility (CSR). Their mantra is “doing well by doing good,” and … More

    Winning the War on Poverty: Reevaluating the UN Millennium Development Goals

    The United States spent $28.7 billion dollars in 2009 on official development assistance, more than any other country in the world. There is no denying that many people in poor nations live in desperate conditions and Americans rightly want to help them improve their lives. In an effort to measure … More

    The Road to Economic Freedom and the OECD

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group often seen as an exclusive club of rich countries, voted unanimously on Monday to admit Israel.  The admittance of Israel, along with two other new members (EU members Estonia and Slovenia) brings OECD membership to 34 countries.  OECD membership rewards the … More

    High Corporate Income Tax Rate Driving Jobs Overseas

    The United States has the second highest corporate tax rate of any of the 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – a collection of the most economically developed countries in the world. The federal rate is 35 percent. Add on the average state corporate income … More

    The Mostly Free Anglo-American Alliance

    The 2010 edition of the Index of Economic Freedom poses a frightening paradox. Around the world, the economically freest countries are, by and large, those with a British legacy. Indeed, the top five – Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland – were either founded or influenced by the … More

    Where Does Your State Rank In Rangel's Surtax Plan?