How Behavioral Economics Changed Economic Research

Abstract Over the past thirty years, economic research has undergone a real revolution. Drawing on the results of numerous laboratory and field experiments, behavioral economists have extended the classical model so that it better explains and predicts human decisions. Interdisciplinary, behavioral economics combines discoveries from other social sciences and traditional approaches to economic research. Where classical economic theory … Continue reading How Behavioral Economics Changed Economic Research

Can Anti-Realism in Science Make Use of Quantum Mechanics?

The aim of the present paper is to show that anti-realism in science, which has arguably become more fashionable in recent years, contrary to what its proponents assert, cannot make use of quantum mechanics and its impressive achievements as a trump card in justifying its claims. I will argue that scientific anti-realism far from providing scientific community with a progressive methodological framework is as restrictive approach which would hamper scientific progress. Focusing on the historical evidence of the ways in which quantum mechanics was developed, I will further argue that the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics due to Bohr and Heisenberg, among others, with its in—built anti-realistic elements provides a damning verdict against the claims of anti-realists. Following a critical assessment of a number of alternative interpretations or the calculus of quantum mechanics, I shall present realistic approaches which provide more effective and fruitful conceptual frameworks for the advancement of research in the quantum world.

Effect of Rent Control

Steadily rising housing rents in many of the US’s large, productive cities have reignited the discussion whether to expand or enact rent control provisions. Under pressure to fight rising rents, state lawmakers in Illinois, Oregon, and California are considering repealing laws that limit cities’ abilities to pass or expand rent control. While rules and regulations … Continue reading Effect of Rent Control

Surveillance by the United States Government

Throughout 2017, the US continued to carry out large-scale warrantless intelligence surveillance programs without transparency or oversight. Authorities used Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to target non-citizens (except lawful permanent residents) outside the country for warrantless communications monitoring and to “incidentally” gather large numbers of communications to or from people in the … Continue reading Surveillance by the United States Government

Rights of Non-Citizens in the United States

One week after his January 20, 2017 inauguration, President Trump issued an executive order to suspend the US refugee program, cut the number of refugees who could be resettled into the US in 2017, and temporarily ban entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. This and later versions of the order banning entry from various … Continue reading Rights of Non-Citizens in the United States

Racial Disparities, Drug Policy, and Policing in the United States

Racial disparities permeate every part of the US criminal justice system, including in the enforcement of drug laws. Black people make up 13 percent of the population and 13 percent of all adults who use drugs, but 27 percent of all drug arrests. Black men are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white … Continue reading Racial Disparities, Drug Policy, and Policing in the United States

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Struggles

Maybe it’s not so easy after all. President Donald Trump’s struggles to push immigration legislation through Congress and his about-face on breaking up immigrant families are putting a spotlight on his competence in carrying out his policies. The fallout from Trump’s handling of the separation of immigrant children from their families, which led to a … Continue reading Trump’s Anti-Immigration Struggles

Virginia’s Republican Primary – A “ruthless” and “vicious” Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A conservative provocateur and supporter of President Donald Trump won Virginia's Republican primary Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race, and he has promised to run a "vicious" campaign against incumbent Tim Kaine. Republican Corey Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson. Stewart - who favors keeping Confederate … Continue reading Virginia’s Republican Primary – A “ruthless” and “vicious” Campaign

‘Dollar a Day’ Forced Labor Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CoreCivic

Project South, Apr. 17, 2018 - "A private prison company under contract with Stewart County to house individual’s detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is forcing detained immigrants at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia to work for as little as $1 a day to clean, cook, and maintain the detention center in a … Continue reading ‘Dollar a Day’ Forced Labor Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CoreCivic