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Stefanie Haeffele-Balch
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Stefanie Haeffele-Balch is a PhD student in the economics department at George Mason University. Her research interests include post-disaster community recovery, housing policy, and political economy.

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It's Not All Relative When It Comes to Income Inequality

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Coauthored with Rachel Reese (MA student and research assistant at George Mason University,

How do we determine the welfare of poor Americans, and how should we seek to improve it? The left continues to flaunt inequality as the greatest indicator of material well-being, while the right views mobility as...

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The Attainable American Dream

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Recently, USA Today published a study estimating the annual cost of achieving the American Dream. The price tag? $130,000 per year for a family of four. The implication of this report is that without a $275,000 home, an $11,000 per year four-wheel-drive SUV and a $4,000 family summer...

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More Politics Than Economics: Brat's Views On Immigration Contradict Economic Reality

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:42 PM

David Brat has crash landed into the spotlight after a surprising and underfunded victory over Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary. The economics-professor-turned-politico, an image that brings a vivid recollection of that time Mr. Smith went to Washington, has garnered both praise and criticism from free...

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