Said and Done | In the Media | December 2017

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Tax bill favors adding robots over workers, critics sayDaron Acemoglu
“When you subsidize heavily the adoption of machines instead of people," says MIT economist Acemoglu, then you're putting your thumb on the scale against workers.
Story at NPR

Taxes are hard | Jonathan Gruber
“People are being bribed by the government [through the mortgage interest deduction] to buy exceptionally big homes,” says MIT economist Gruber. “The mortgage deduction has a precisely estimated zero effect on homeownership.”
Story at The Washington Post

Homebuying doesn’t hinge on the mortgage tax break | Jonathan Gruber
Gruber, MIT economics professor, opposes the GOP tax plan because it adds to the deficit at the benefit of the wealthy, but that the mortgage-interest deduction isn’t something that should be saved.
Story at Bloomberg

U.S. tax plan emboldens stock bulls while economists fret | David Autor
MIT economist Autor explains that “tax rates hardly seem to matter at the margin for economic growth in advanced countries with reasonable tax systems.”
Story at Bloomberg

David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics

Threat From North Korea No Longer Hypothetical | Vipin Narang
“We now have to assume the entire continental U.S. is within range of the North Korean Hwasong-14,” Vipin Narang, associate professor in political science.
Story at Huffington Post

More stories featuring analysis from Vipin Narang
Analysis: N. Korea May Declare 'Victory,' Turn to Economy | New York Times
North Korea: What we know about the new missile | BBC News
North Korea is a nuclear state. But can the U.S. accept that? | Washington Post

Trump Promises New Sanctions After North Korea's Latest Missile Test | Jim Walsh
Walsh, Senior Research Associate at MIT's Security Studies Program, talks to WBUR's Here & Now about North Korea's latest missile test.
Listen at WBUR

Mugabe hangs tough, but Zimbabwe’s army is tightening the noose
“There are plenty of self-interested military officers,” says Philip Martin, PhD candidate in political science, “who … didn’t want to see someone like Grace Mugabe take power who might cut them out of those economic opportunities.”
Story at Daily Beast

The consolations of philosophy for the middle-aged | Kieran Setiya
“Even if it does not cure every midlife crisis, Setiya's book may change preconceptions about the dryness of philosophy. It will make readers think and smile, which is not a bad therapy in itself.”
Story at The Economist


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