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Equity

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

Other People's Children

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We continue to tolerate a system in which your zip code determines your access to the American Dream, and in which communities refuse to fund their schools because "their" children no longer go there.

Catherine New

Why Gen Y Still Invests In Stocks

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.30.2011 | Business

People born in the 1980s are more into the stock market than one might think, according to one new study. While analysts have worried that the volatil...

Winners, Losers and the Beauty of Impact Analysis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whether reforms follow or not, the uncovering the true meaning of what our leaders do, has irresistible appeal in-and-of itself. No wonder impact analysis has become almost an academic obsession to the new generation of economists.

Women Own 1% of the World's Property -- Occupy That

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.04.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

How much poorer do we want women to get in the world? It's really hard to imagine. Despite the successes of feminists during the past century, even in the U.S. we have a persistent and growing feminization of poverty.

Stagflation Risk and What This Means for Stocks

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As the outlook for growth continues to deteriorate, whilst the price for goods and services remain stubbornly high, the risk of stagflation returns. This would be a tough scenario, where policy options tackling one of these issues would only worsen the other.

How Did European Banks Trap Themselves in a Replay of the 2007 Crisis?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

At a conference in New York at the end of 2008, Obama's economic advisor, Larry Summers made a prophetic remark at an event organized by the Economist.

Message to Feds: Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road and Call AAA

John H. Jackson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.

Why Is It So Difficult to Agree on Tax Reform?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can't we just agree on a system that is simple, fair and sufficient? Well, it's complicated. When you design a tax system, you are trying to hit six -- sometimes contradictory -- objectives at the same time.

School Vouchers: No Clear Advantage in Academic Achievement

Jack Jennings | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

If vouchers don't lead to higher achievement for low-income students -- and test scores suggest they do not -- then that removes a major educational rationale for voucher programs.

Obama Administration Keeps Eyes on the Prize

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a wonderful investment in America! President Obama and his administration have seen the challenges facing young people in our country today who ...

Preventing Predatory Lending by For-Profit Colleges

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.

Russian Investment Opportunities: The Drivers and the Hidden Gems

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

It is clear to see why investors place so much emphasis on the oil price as a dictator of Russia's financial health. Supplying some 11.4% of the world's oil supply last year, Russia is the "biggest single source outside the OPEC cartel."

America's Tomorrow: Equity In a Changing Nation

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

For America to compete moving forward, we can't continue squandering the skills and potential of millions of young men and women.

Hitting the "Opportunity Ceiling"

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

By slashing programs like Pell Grants and YouthBuild, the Ryan budget would knock the legs out from under the next generation, denying them the skills and tools they need to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Is a Free Education a Fundamental Right?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In today's America, when it comes to public education, have we allowed our five-digit zip codes to become the equivalent of a lottery ticket to a better future? Is this really who we wish to be?

To Owe or Be Owned -- Depends on How You Tax It

Ruud de Mooij | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Ruud de Mooij

The corporate tax code in the US creates a significant bias toward debt finance over equity. However we have come to realize that excessive debt is much more costly than we have always thought.

'Good Schools Have the Arts' -- Isn't That What We Want for All Kids?

Richard Kessler | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education
Richard Kessler

Change will require the type of leadership that makes it known that schools without the arts cannot be good schools and will no longer be accepted.

Federal Aid to the Schools -- Wasteful or Helpful?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

The proportion of students who are the focus of federal aid is growing. Thus, we should reconfirm our commitment to bringing about greater equity in education.

Venture Capitalists Aren't Investing In Black Entrepreneurs

Mike Green | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Mike Green

Investing in high-growth companies creates jobs while generating more wealth for investors. The formula has worked for the private venture capital investment community. Unfortunately, no such active community exists in black America.

Fulfilling The Promise Of Equitable Education To Our Children

Rep. Chaka Fattah | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
Rep. Chaka Fattah

Providing a more equitable education for our children is not merely our moral imperative. This is an economic and national security necessity.

Raising Government Revenue in Africa: A Road Out of Poverty

Mark Plant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Plant

There are limits to how much a government can receive as grants from donors or borrow. So raising tax revenues is a necessary element for governments to spend on providing more of these essential services and, in turn, reduce poverty.

Are Emerging Markets the Next "Bubble"? How to Overcome the Issues

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

We're well aware of the case for investing in emerging markets. However, investor excitement is ignoring the fact that short-term cyclical factors can overshadow long-term structural trends

SEC Wants To Crack Down On Sales Of Private Company Stock

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If the SEC has its way, the murky market in private company stock may soon become more transparent. Investors are jumping at the chance to buy st...

Healing Public Health Care Finances: Budget Reforms That Work

Benedict Clements | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Benedict Clements

Heath care reform is tricky. On the one hand, providing access to affordable health care is of paramount importance. But spending on health care is putting enormous pressure on public purses all over the world, and it's only getting worse.