How China’s Water Challenges Could Lead to a Global Food and Supply Chain Crisis
Without urgent action, the impact of China’s water shortages will ripple across the globe and dramatically perturb global markets for food, energy and industrial goods, write fellow Gabriel Collins and co-author Gopal Reddy.
Gabriel Collins, Gopal Reddy November 14, 2022
Demographics and the US Economy
How much can demographic changes account for trends in the U.S. economy? This paper shows that a heterogeneous-agent, overlapping-generations model with historical demographic flows can generate several features of the U.S. economy over the past several decades, including a secular decline in economic growth, a rise in savings relative to GDP, a corresponding decline in real interest rates, and, in part, changes in wealth inequality.
Jorge Barro November 11, 2022
Considerations for State-Sponsored Retirement Plans
An increasing number of states have begun to contemplate state-administered individual retirement account programs. How do these differ from employer-sponsored plans? And would they be able to provide workers with meaningful retirement savings? Public finance fellow Joyce Beebe explains.
Joyce Beebe November 7, 2022
Preventing Firearm Injury in the Greater Houston Area through Purpose and Policy: A Review
The first annual Firearm Injury Prevention and Safety Symposium, hosted by the Center for Health and Biosciences in June 2022, brought together researchers, policymakers and community partners committed to ending gun violence. This conference report summarizes the many presentations held at the event, as well as a concrete plan for local action to reduce firearm injury and death.
Sandra McKay, Jacqueline Klotz, Mia Hurts, Bindi Naik-Mathuria October 31, 2022
Net Zero Saudi Arabia: How Green Can the Oil Kingdom Get?
This paper lays out one potential step-by-step path toward decarbonizing Saudi Arabia, imagining a sweeping restructuring of a fossil fuel-driven society and economy.
Jim Krane October 27, 2022
Expand US Work Permits To Reduce Labor Shortages
Expanding current non-immigrant work permit categories through minimal adjustments is a way to move forward on immigration reform — one that recognizes the undocumented community for its valuable contributions, writes expert Catherine Glazer in a new policy brief for the Center for the United States and Mexico.
Catherine Glazer, J.D. October 27, 2022
Iran’s Protests 40 Days On
Protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini show no signs of abating. Fellow Kelsey Norman explores the origin of women’s discontent in Iran and offers an analysis of how the protests may ultimately play out.
Kelsey Norman October 27, 2022
Who’s To Blame For Exorbitant Natural Gas Prices In Europe? Hint: Maybe Not Who You Think.
Who is benefiting from Europe's skyrocketing natural gas prices? "Middle men” companies who buy natural gas or LNG in the U.S and sell LNG in Europe are receiving the windfall, write fellows Steven Miles and Anna Mikulska.
Steven R. Miles, Anna Mikulska October 26, 2022
Biden’s National Security (Sort of) Strategy
After a delay, the Joe Biden administration has issued its National Security Strategy (NSS), a summary of the administration’s foreign policy approach. Fellow Joe Barnes discusses the usefulness and implications of the NSS in this commentary.
Joe Barnes October 26, 2022