Megan McArdle



Feb 9, 2016
President Barack Obama's proposal to levy a $10-a-barrel tax on oil reminds me of an eternal truth that applies to almost all working humans: Once you know you are on short time, about to be transferred or discharged, a certain puckish insouciance seeps into the performance...


Feb 5, 2016
The Cadillac tax may not be quite dead yet. But at best, it certainly stuns easily. I'm not optimistic.The Cadillac tax, you may remember, was an excise tax on especially expensive employer-sponsored health insurance plans. It was a substitute for two things the...


Jan 30, 2016
Was opening our markets to trade with China a good idea? My colleague Noah Smith argues "maybe not," citing a new paper from David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson.They write:Adjustment in local labor markets is remarkably slow, with wages and labor-force participation...


Jan 29, 2016
In discussing the lower- and middle-class workers who have been increasingly displaced by automation and trade, I wrote that both parties are simply reiterating longstanding policy preferences that are far more geared to the desires of their respective elites,...


Jan 27, 2016
The past year has been a very interesting one for Wal-Mart. For years -- decades, really -- the low-cost retailer has been a stout bulwark for low prices and low wages, against increasingly fierce pressure from left-wing activists who want Wal-Mart wages to be closer to...


Jan 26, 2016
Trump fans, let's talk.I have heard you. You don't like America's immigration policy. You don't like what the modern economy offers to folks who don't have a college degree.


Jan 22, 2016
Bernie Sanders restarted the debate about single-payer health care on Sunday by proposing Medicare for all. Leonid Bershidsky pointed out that in Europe, his idea would hardly be radical. But Megan McArdle finds the Sanders plan implausible in the U.S. Bloomberg View...


Jan 21, 2016
So Bernie Sanders has a health-care plan. It sounds wonderful. It covers everything, from dental to long-term care. There will be no co-pays or deductibles.

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