Income-Driven Repayment and the Public Financing of Higher Education

The cost of higher education has been rising faster than inflation for decades and is likely to continue to do so despite reform efforts. This has negative distributional consequences given that higher education is a quasi-public good that should be consumed widely. As the costs continue to rise, higher education will become increasingly unaffordable to […]

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Obey All Laws and Be Good: Probation and the Meaning of Recidivism

Probation plays a dominant role in the operation of the U.S. criminal justice system. Approximately four million adults in the United States are now on probation, a court-ordered sentence that provides for a period of community supervision as a penalty for a crime. In sentencing a person to probation, a court imposes a battery of […]

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Raw Materials and the Creative Process

Visitors to the Whitney Museum in Manhattan during the summer of 2014 encountered a tremendous range of iconic pop-culture imagery: a granite statue of Popeye, an Incredible Hulk piano organ, Jayne Mansfield embracing the Pink Panther, the Trix Rabbit ogling a spoonful of whipped cream, a Cabbage Patch Kid in a bear costume, and a […]

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Parentage Disputes in the Age of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

Mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) is an experimental assisted reproductive technology (ART) for women with mitochondrial disease who want to avoid passing that disease on to their children and for women with certain causes of infertility. It is unique in that it results in a child with DNA from three different people. Our cells, including egg […]

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Children Who Should Not Be Heard: Protecting Mature Minors from Parental Wiretaps

As surveillance technology becomes more sophisticated, the power of private citizens to spy on one another increases. Parents, in particular, may make use of formidable new tools in monitoring their children. For example, with a program covertly installed on a smartphone, parents can track the location of a minor child, install equipment on a car […]

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