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Articles from Vol. 2009, No. 2, Summer

Causes and Consequences of Early Life Health
On average, wealthy people live longer and have less illness and disease than poor people. This has been well documented across countries, within countries at a point in time, and over time as economic growth occurs. And, the positive correlation between...
Climate Change: Past and Present
NBER Research Associates Gary D. Libecap, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Richard H. Steckel, Ohio State University, organized an NBER Conference on "Climate Change: Past and Present." The May 30 and 31 gathering took place in Cambridge....
Market Design
The NBER's Working Group on Market Design met in Cambridge on May 15-16. The field of "market design" examines the reasons why market institutions fail and considers the properties of alternative mechanisms, in terms of efficiency, fairness, incentives,...
Program Meeting on Labor Studies and Environmental and Energy Economics
The NBER's Program on Labor Studies, directed by Richard B. Freeman of Harvard University, and the Program on Environmental and Energy Economics, directed by Don Fullerton of the University of Illinois, met jointly in Cambridge on April 17 and 18....
Taxes and Market Work: A Cross-Country Comparison
Time devoted to work varies greatly among OECD countries. In Belgium, France, and Germany for example, total hours of market work relative to population are roughly 30 percent lower than in the United States, Japan, and Australia. The issue is not...
The Global Financial Crisis: A Selective Review of Recent Research in the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program
In recent months, many members of the NBER's International Finance and Macroeconomics (IFM) program have turned their attention to the financial crisis that erupted in the United States in 2007 and spread to the global economy in 2008 and 2009. Since...
The Importance of Financial Literacy
How much do individuals know? Increasingly, individuals are in charge of securing their own financial well-being after retirement. With the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions, today's workers must decide both how much to...
The Supply Side of Housing Markets
For a long time there has been an imbalance in what we know about housing markets--we understand much more about housing demand than housing supply. This has been driven in part by policy interests, although data availability also has played a role....