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May 03, 2021

AEI housing market indicators, May 2021

AEI’s Housing Center released an update to its Housing Market Indicators on May 3. The home price boom continues, with the national rate of Home Price Appreciation for March 2021 coming in at 12.6 percent (preliminary), up from 6.8 percent in March 2020.

Blog Post
May 03, 2021

The coming chaos in Afghanistan

President Biden has decided to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by 9/11. Public opinion is probably on his side for now, but this may change when the Taliban begins to impose its extreme version of Islam on women and al Qaeda once again sets up shop.

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May 03, 2021

Should the FCC’s economic analyses be overseen by the White House?

White House control of FCC regulatory analysis is a bad idea. A better idea is to set transparent standards for such analyses, including public review.

Blog Post
April 30, 2021

University of Richmond president provides a sorely needed model of campus leadership

If more campus leaders possessed University of Richmond President Ronald Crutcher’s wisdom, vision, and decency, perhaps our campus divides wouldn’t be so stark.

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April 30, 2021

Gen Zers are anything but politically ill-informed

While our institutions should do more to improve civic literacy, it’s a mistake to assume that the ever-growing Gen Z is simply ignorant of politics and history. In fact, Millennials are far more disconnected.

Blog Post
April 30, 2021

Vaccine doses: China passes the US

It’s no accident the US has the better vaccine technology and will for some time to come. But, like our other advantages over China, it won’t matter if we don’t use it.

Blog Post
April 30, 2021

New momentum for patent eligibility reform?

Patent eligibility has bedeviled policymakers, judges, patent examiners, and practitioners for years. But with a new administration and Congress, patent eligibility reform appears poised for a comeback.

Blog Post
April 29, 2021

5 questions for Mauro Guillén on how the world will change by 2030

Mauro Guillén explains how many trends — including an aging population, the development of Africa, and climate change — will combine to change the world by 2030.

Blog Post
April 29, 2021

Bin Laden’s legacy lives on

Bin Laden left behind a global Salafi-jihadi movement that has continued to strengthen since his death. So while Osama bin Laden is dead, his fight lives on — and in too many places, his people are winning.

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Economics

Blog Post
May 04, 2021

How policymakers can improve housing affordability: My long-read Q&A with Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton explains how zoning reforms can make it easier to build housing, increase opportunity for individuals, and boost economic growth nationwide.

Blog Post
May 03, 2021

AEI housing market indicators, May 2021

AEI’s Housing Center released an update to its Housing Market Indicators on May 3. The home price boom continues, with the national rate of Home Price Appreciation for March 2021 coming in at 12.6 percent (preliminary), up from 6.8 percent in March 2020.

Blog Post
April 29, 2021

5 questions for Mauro Guillén on how the world will change by 2030

Mauro Guillén explains how many trends — including an aging population, the development of Africa, and climate change — will combine to change the world by 2030.

Blog Post
April 28, 2021

Thinking about Amazon, ‘Nomadland,’ and the shared value created by entrepreneurial innovation

It’s been a big week for Amazon, as the film Nomadland won the Academy Award for Best Picture while featuring work in an Amazon warehouse.

Blog Post
April 27, 2021

The Biden administration shouldn’t underplay nuclear power in its clean-energy investment push

In the Council of Economic Advisers’ Earth Week report, nuclear power unfortunately received much less attention than solar and wind.

Blog Post
April 26, 2021

Maybe the US corporate tax should be lower, not higher

It wouldn’t be calamitous if the top US corporate tax rate were raised to 28 percent. It also wouldn’t be crazy if the top rate were a lot lower. Overall, Washington needs to think hard about what a pro-growth tax code — that also raised adequate revenue — should look like.

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Foreign and Defense Policy

Blog Post
May 03, 2021

The coming chaos in Afghanistan

President Biden has decided to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by 9/11. Public opinion is probably on his side for now, but this may change when the Taliban begins to impose its extreme version of Islam on women and al Qaeda once again sets up shop.

Blog Post
April 30, 2021

Vaccine doses: China passes the US

It’s no accident the US has the better vaccine technology and will for some time to come. But, like our other advantages over China, it won’t matter if we don’t use it.

Blog Post
April 29, 2021

Bin Laden’s legacy lives on

Bin Laden left behind a global Salafi-jihadi movement that has continued to strengthen since his death. So while Osama bin Laden is dead, his fight lives on — and in too many places, his people are winning.

Blog Post
April 26, 2021

Chernobyl, then and 35 years later

On this day 35 years ago, the Chernobyl incident signaled to the world that the Soviet Union wasn’t really a superpower but more like a moribund colossus.

Blog Post
April 22, 2021

What films and TV shows tell us a lot about public policy? AEI scholars give their picks!

Just in time for this year’s Oscars, we asked some of our scholars to recommend their favorite films and TV shows that will enhance your understanding of public policy as they entertain you.

Blog Post
April 19, 2021

What we know about Biden’s 2022 defense budget submission to Congress

The Biden administration is pursuing a complicated political agenda with its defense budget. They will surely characterize their budget as consistent with strategic challenges, yet balanced with domestic priorities.

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Tech Policy

Blog Post
May 03, 2021

Should the FCC’s economic analyses be overseen by the White House?

White House control of FCC regulatory analysis is a bad idea. A better idea is to set transparent standards for such analyses, including public review.

Blog Post
April 30, 2021

New momentum for patent eligibility reform?

Patent eligibility has bedeviled policymakers, judges, patent examiners, and practitioners for years. But with a new administration and Congress, patent eligibility reform appears poised for a comeback.

Blog Post
April 29, 2021

On the Federal Trade Commission’s plans to investigate racial outcomes of AI

A recent FTC blog post describing its intention to police “discriminatory outcomes” resulting from the use of AI across the US consumer economy raises a number of questions.

Blog Post
April 28, 2021

Thinking about Amazon, ‘Nomadland,’ and the shared value created by entrepreneurial innovation

It’s been a big week for Amazon, as the film Nomadland won the Academy Award for Best Picture while featuring work in an Amazon warehouse.

Blog Post
April 28, 2021

Big Data and algorithmic intelligence: Should policymakers be worried?

Some believe Big Data and artificial intelligence will revolutionize society, while others fear job losses and algorithmic bias. What should we make of these seemingly conflicting claims?

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April 27, 2021

Getting more autonomous vehicles on the road: Highlights from my conversation with Grayson Brulte

What does a safe autonomous vehicle look like? Should self-driving cars be allowed to collect our personal data? Grayson Brulte joined “Explain to Shane” to discuss how government and industry can embrace the opportunities — and overcome the challenges — posed by self-driving cars.

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