Megan McArdle



Mar 26, 2015
In the face of the labor market conundrum, the answer that many on the left have hit upon is to force employers to raise the wages , to turn the protected sectors into a simulacrum of the old manufacturing base.


Mar 23, 2015
On Friday, I did a Third Way panel on bitcoins with Jerry Brito of Coin Center, a think tank dedicated to all things bitcoin. Since I was the appointed skeptic, this was a pretty tough assignment considering that one of the world's leading experts was sitting at the other end of the table.


Mar 12, 2015
It is a great shame of the American financial system that we do not allow student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy. There's no logic to it: "Well, you can't pay all your other debts, but apparently, you can pay this one, even if it's larger than all the others."


Mar 5, 2015
I was on a panel this weekend hosted by the Adam Smith Society about the big ideas coming down the pike for conservatism. My argument, and one echoed at various points by Josh Barro and others, was that it's hard to see big ideas for either political party.


Feb 28, 2015
In a few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, and a few months after that it will decide whether the Affordable Care Act authorizes the Barack Obama administration to offer subsidies for health-insurance policies sold via federally operated...


Feb 25, 2015
New York City is contemplating setting up a pension plan for private workers. Details are sketchy - what it's actually doing is proposing to appoint an advisory board to study the matter - but there are basically two ways the city could go.


Feb 19, 2015
By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage.


Feb 3, 2015
A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that extended unemployment benefits probably raised the unemployment rate by about 50 basis points.

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