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Among trends of great concern in the United States are a decades-long decline in productivity growth and relatively weak investment in physical capital that has persisted since the Great Recession. Research by Janice C. Eberly of...

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Real interest rates would have fallen much further in the last half century if governments had not expanded social insurance programs and taken on more debt.The long decline of real interest rates in developed nations is one of the central...

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Author(s): Katherine Baicker
It is an enormous honor to deliver this lecture, particularly this year. You have just heard from a number of our profession's luminaries about the monumental effect that Marty Feldstein had on both the world and on their careers. This is...

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 The Social Security Administration (SSA) convened its 2019 Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC) Meeting August 1-2 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Since last year’s meeting, the previously distinct...

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 Each $10 increase in Medicaid reimbursement per visit generated a 0.3 percentage point increase in the probability that a Medicaid recipient reported a doctor visit in the past two weeks.Medicaid recipients are known to experience...
The researchers estimate that remaining life expectancy at age 65 increases by 1.1 years, or about 5 percent, for a person moving from an area in the 10th percentile in terms of life expectancy impact to an area in the 90th percentile....

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All NBER papers related to COVID-19 are open-access and have been collected for easy reference. View them in reverse chronological order or by topic area.Twenty-one NBER working papers distributed this week provide new insights...

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Since the 2013 introduction of California’s carbon market, the world’s second largest, the disparity in pollution exposure between disadvantaged and other communities has fallen by 21 to 30 percent, according to a study by Danae Hernandez-Cortes and Kyle C. Meng .

Higher cigarette taxes experienced between the ages of 12 and 17 are associated with substantial reductions in smoking participation and intensity among adults in their 20s through mid-60s Andrew I. Friedson and Daniel I. Rees discover.
Chad D. CottiBryan EngelhardtJoshua FosterErik T. Nesson, and Paul S. Niekamp find a statistically and economically significant association between in-person voting in Wisconsin’s April 7 election and the spread of COVID-19 two to three weeks later.

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