Read — 2012/07/25

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Fed Leaning Closer to New Stimulus if No Growth Is Seen“, by Binyamin Appelbaum (NY Times). A peek at the growing pressure inside the U.S. Federal Reserve to take further stimulus measures, and what QE3 might look like.
  2. Court’s Ruling May Blunt Reach of the Health Law“, by Robert Pear (NY Times). A summary of the CBO’s predicted impact the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the Affordable Care Act will have on the number of uninsured Americans and related cost estimates.
  3. He’s Got a Ticket to Ride” (The Economist). An overview of Republican presidential candidate (to-be) Mitt Romney’s overseas visits, his attacks on Obama’s foreign relations record, and his own still-vague foreign policy stances.
  4. The Importance of Being Happy“, by D.K. (The Economist). Results from the first “National Well-Being Report” in Britain, a measure of “how people think and feel about their own lives”. The report is meant to provide insight not captured by conventional measures like GDP. And, as the article reveals, is based on four highly probing questions. Let’s check back in a couple decades for the results of the suggested regression of happiness on GDP.
  5. Research Funding: Should public money finance applied research?” (The Economist). Online poll with expert opinions arguing both sides.