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    Hutchins Roundup: 401(k) Loans, Medicare Part D “Doughnut Hole,” and More

    The Hutchins Roundup

    This week's Hutchins Roundup finds much of the drop in unemployment and labor force participation was driven by declining desire to work, that employer policies influence 401(k) borrowing behaviors, and more.  Read More

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    Hong Kong government announces electoral reform details

    Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong government recently announced details for the 2017 election of the Chief Executive. Richard Bush explains that the PRC government, which has sovereignty over Hong Kong, approves the package, but to understand the implications for democracy in Hong Kong, it is important to look closely at the details of the proposal.

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    Towards a safer Latin America: A new report on crime

    Members of the Barrio 18 gang wait to be admitted upon their arrival to the San Francisco Gotera penitentiary April 21, 2015.

    In the last decade, Latin America and the Caribbean’s average homicide rate has been higher than that of any other region of the world. Julia Ruiz and Ernesto Talvi discuss five major trends in the region's crime prevention and control measures as highlighted in a recent report by the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America.  Read More

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    Profiles of change: Employment, earnings, and occupations from 1990–2013

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    There has been tremendous focus in recent years on the plight of the typical American worker. In this economic analysis, The Hamilton Project takes a careful look at the data to examine what has been happening to America’s workers since 1990, paying particular interest to differences across workers with different levels of education. In addition, an accompanying interactive feature allows users to further explore these eight profiles by comparing employment, occupational, and earnings patterns between 1990 and 2013. 

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    Hong Kong: The next round on universal suffrage

    Voters line up outside a polling station during an unofficial referendum in Hong Kong.

    This week, the Hong Kong government will announce its proposal for electoral reform, continuing the debate over a new system to elect the territory’s chief executive and universal suffrage. Richard Bush writes that once this proposal is announced, the pro-democracy opposition will face some very difficult choices.

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    Greece's big nowhere

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

    What's next for the Greek economy? Theodore Pelagidis writes from Athens that he sees two possible scenarios, and offers suggestions on what any agreement with creditors must include.  Read More

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    In memory of John Steinbruner

    John Steinbruner, former director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, passed away April 16 after a decade-long battle with cancer.

    John Steinbruner, former director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, passed away April 16. Michael O'Hanlon and Carol Graham take a look back at Steinbruner's career and the legacy that he left for the Brookings Institution.  Read More

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    Hutchins Roundup: IMF gloomy on growth, higher-ed tax credits questioned, and more

    The Hutchins Roundup

    This week's Hutchins Roundup notes IMF projects potential growth rates will remain below pre-crisis levels, highly leveraged firms more likely to reduce employment during a shock, and more.  Read More

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    Tax policies to support low- and middle-income Americans

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    As we approach the IRS tax filing deadline of April 15, The Hamilton Project is highlighting several of its recent discussion papers, policy memos, economic facts, and illustrative charts that showcase opportunities to strengthen the individual income tax code in order to improve the lives of Americans.  Read More

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    The Hutchins Center Explains: How the Fed will raise interest rates

    The Hutchins Center explains

    The Federal Reserve cannot raise interest rates as they did before the financial crisis, explain David Wessel and Pari Sastry, who offer background on two tools—interest on excess reserves (IOER) and reverse repos—that allow the Fed to raise its policy rate, irrespective of the size of its balance sheet.

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