Megan McArdle

Nov 21, 2015
There’s no perfect way to screen out Syrian terrorists from Syrian refugees. It may be that someone we let in will, eventually, do something horrible. In fact, that’s a risk with any immigrant we let in, or for that matter, any baby we allow to be born.

Nov 20, 2015
How about a little health-care quiz? Here are two quotes about the Obamacare exchanges, from two health insurer investor calls. Match each to the right company.1. "We continue to expect exchanges to develop and mature over time into a strong, viable growth market for us."...

Nov 19, 2015
This weekend, in the New York Times, Robert Pear wrote about the high deductibles of the exchange policies that most people are buying.

Nov 17, 2015
Why don't more people get college degrees? In a new working paper, Sang Yoon Lee, Yongseok Shin and Donghoon Lee write: "In the early 1980s, American men with at least four years of college education earned about 40 percent more on average than those whose education ended...

Nov 15, 2015
Proposing effective banking regulations requires mastering a pretty arcane body of knowledge about an industry with a lot of interconnected parts. Doesn't that sound kind of … hard?

Nov 14, 2015
The kids are living at home these days in numbers not seen since World War II. According to a new report from Pew, a third of young women, and more than 40 percent of young men, are now living with relatives (not a spouse). Forget empty nests; the chicks have returned, and...

Nov 13, 2015
When the “kids back in the basement” story first surfaced after the financial crisis, it was the subject of much hand-wringing by kids and parents alike. But we may simply be rediscovering the benefits that our grandparents already understood.

Nov 12, 2015
One way that the economy adjusts during a recession is for employers to fire excess workers.

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