Is the Physician Shortage a Myth?
America / Healthcare

Is the Physician Shortage a Myth?

The notion that a physician shortage is growing in the United States has become deeply ingrained in the healthcare ethos. However, growing evidence shows that this widely accepted assumption might be fundamentally flawed. The traditional belief about the physician shortage initially seems to make sense for three reasons. First, the segment of the population over … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications
America / Immigration / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications

As discussed in the preceding post, U.S. immigrant integration efforts occur mainly at the state and local level, with mixed success rates among various groups. However, as demonstrated by Figure 13, immigrants in the U.S. are more assimilated than in most European countries: Still, U.S. immigrant integration has room for improvement, according to the Migration … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview
America / Immigration / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview

While debates on immigration reform have centered primarily on securing the border and potentially legalizing the undocumented population in the U.S., policymakers have overlooked one key aspect of immigration policy: immigrant integration. Through integration programs, immigrants can acquire the skills and credentials they need to successfully transition to their new life. This includes, among other … Continue reading

Expanding Opportunity in America: A Proposed Initiative by Rep. Paul Ryan
America / Politics

Expanding Opportunity in America: A Proposed Initiative by Rep. Paul Ryan

On July 24, Representative Paul Ryan spoke at the American Enterprise Institute and began a discussion on poverty and opportunity in the U.S. His discussion draft provides an innovative way to reorganize the safety net while remaining deficit neutral. This comprehensive package of policies will not only appeal to members from both sides of the … Continue reading

Electronic Cigarettes – Therapeutic Device or All Smoke, No Substance?
America / Healthcare / Regulation

Electronic Cigarettes – Therapeutic Device or All Smoke, No Substance?

Over the past five years, electronic cigarettes – devices that electronically vaporize a refillable, inhalable nicotine-laced liquid – have exploded into a $1.5 billion industry with over 4 million users. Although this is a small portion of the tobacco market, Bloomberg Industries projects that e-cigarettes may surpass traditional tobacco product sales by as early as … Continue reading

Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US
America / Europe / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Technology

Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US

Travelers everywhere, we need to add yet another thing to our international travel checklist: charge your mobile devices. While likely already part of a flier’s to-do list, it is now far more imperative; earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the US Department of Homeland Security, announced that powerless devices will not … Continue reading

O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System
America / Immigration / Labor Force / Politics

O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System

While politicians, the press, and immigration advocates continue to criticize the “broken” U.S. immigration system, there is one country whose immigration model consistently receives praise: Canada. Our northern neighbor has one of the highest proportion of immigrants among the G8 countries—one in five Canadian residents is foreign-born. The Canadian people overwhelmingly support immigration, with 86 … Continue reading