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Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.

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Most Patients are not 100% Honest when Talking to their Doctors

ANN ARBOR—When your doctor asks how often you exercise, do you give her an honest answer? How about when she asks what you’ve been eating lately? If you’ve ever stretched the truth, you’re not alone. Between 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study published online in JAMA Network Open. Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents didn’t...

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Alex Gray: Treating Violent Crime Like a Disease

In November 2018, five people were stabbed to death on the streets of London in the space of six days. Three of the victims were teenagers. That spate of killings followed a summer filled with harrowing reports of knife violence. After several years of decline, knife offences in England are on the rise again. According to the most recent crime figures from the Office of National Statistics, offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument are at the highest level ever recorded, at...

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Liam Dillon: California Governor Gavin Newsom Threatens to Cut State Funding from Cites that Don’t Approve Enough Housing

For instance, city and county restrictions on homebuilding are more consequential in the Bay Area — which has seen 750,000 new jobs added but just 167,000 new homes built over the last eight years, according to construction industry statistics — than in parts of the state where there’s been less economic development, said David Garcia, policy director at UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation.

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Mark Whisman, Anna Gilmour and Julia Salinger: A Strong Negative Correlation Between Quality of Marriage and Later Mortality

CU Boulder researchers find link between marriage quality and mortality If you’ve taken the plunge, you’ve likely heard some variation of the popular marriage expression: “Happy spouse, peaceful house.” But new research from the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that the phrase doesn’t go far enough and that the quality of your marriage may be linked to how long you live. A trio of CU Boulder researchers in the psychology and neuroscience department recently set out to explore the...

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Peter Conti-Brown: Can Trump Fire Jerome Powell?

Peter Conti-Brown is my coauthor on a paper in progress about negative interest rate law. I am grateful to Peter for permission to make his latest Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Can Trump Fire Jerome Powell? It’s a Political Question,” a guest post here. Here it is:‘This is a challenging moment for central banking,” Federal Reserve Chairman...

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