Colluding in Plain Sight: Study Finds Airlines Use Earnings Calls to Coordinate Capacity Reductions

What are airline executives really saying to each other with their extensive discussion of “capacity discipline”? New research from the University of Virginia finds talk of capacity discipline during quarterly earnings calls precedes coordinated capacity reductions by legacy airlines.  

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To Help Workers Adjust to Technological Change, First Pinpoint Where It Is Happening

Changes in technology clearly affect people in different sectors and occupations differently, but providing adequate policy support to workers trying to adjust to these changes requires a better understanding of the level at which productivity growth is happening in the economy. Here, the researchers find that, in the United States, the vast majority of that growth has happened at the occupational and sector-occupational level.  

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What Prompts Young People to Invest in Their Human Capital? New Data on DACA and Dreamers Offers Some Stark Evidence

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—a deportation deferral initiative for immigrants brought to the United States without documents as children—provided a large shock to returns to education for a substantial population of at-risk youth. A new NBER paper finds an extraordinary impact of DACA on Dreamers’ decisions to finish high school, go to college, or get pregnant as teenagers.  

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Guns and Votes: The Victory of an Intense Minority Against an Apathetic Majority

This column on the “gun-control paradox”—the fact that gun regulations continually fail in the US Congress despite being supported by around 90 percent of US citizens—appeared in 2013 on VoxEU.org after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and was republished in 2017 after the Las Vegas mass shooting. Following the Parkland mass shooting, we are republishing it with a new preface by one of the coauthors.  

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