Opinion columnist at @washingtonpost. Previously econ reporter/moonlighting theater critic at @nytimes.

Rampell: Quotas could harm women's careers

sltrib.com — At first blush, these types of quotas seem like they should be good for women, good for corporate governance and good for countries that are now underutilizing the human capital of the Second Sex. Multiple studies, after all, have found that corporations with more women on their boards tend to do better.

Why having quotas may hurt women in the corporate boardroom

washingtonpost.com — Women deserve more seats in the highest corporate echelons. But a mandate is the wrong way to get there. Germany seems to disagree. After months of debate, the German cabinet last week imposed a quota for women on big companies' boards.

TV's false portrayal of torture - Richmond.com: Guest-columnists

richmond.com — But even among those detainees who were actual Bad Guys - for whom a strict utilitarian might argue that whatever-it-takes interrogation is justified - torture generally did not produce actionable intelligence either. Major breakthroughs came from other sources, or from detainees who cooperated before their torture had begun; intelligence obtained through torture often proved fabricated and faulty.

Rampell: Congress knee-caps the IRS

sltrib.com — And yet, year after year, Congress continues to cut IRS funding. The agency's appropriations in the 2015 agreement are 17 percent below their 2010 level, after adjusting for inflation. The number of IRS employees working on enforcement has dropped by 15 percent since 2010, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Rampell: TV's false portrayal of torture

sltrib.com — The idea that torture is both terrible and yet not terribly effective at producing useful intelligence is something we've known for a while - for centuries, one might even argue. But a funny thing happened on the way to the teleplay.

Television convinces Americans that torture is okay

washingtonpost.com — Life has not imitated art. According to the Senate intelligence committee's stomach-churning report, CIA operatives engaged, repeatedly, in horrifying treatment of human beings. The most grotesque practices included "rectal feeding" and ice-bathing, as well as the brutal detainment of dozens who turned out to be wrongfully held.

What men (and women) want in a marriage, today vs. yesterday

washingtonpost.com — Last week I wrote about how Americans are increasingly likely to say they want to be in more egalitarian marriages, though those preferences are not always borne out by reality. A few readers wrote me to ask about the underlying data I was referring to, so here are more details.

With Uber on the scene, another round of taxi wars

jsonline.com — Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that. In recent months, battles over the taxi industry have adopted a Manichaean flair: villainous, politically well-connected, protectionist cartel vs. virtuous, pro-consumer underdog start-up (assuming you consider a $40 billion company an underdog).

Rampell: The cycle of the taxi wars

sltrib.com — In 1635, England's Charles I ordered horse-drawn carriages for hire (hackneys) to be selectively licensed in order to "restrain the multitude and promiscuous use of coaches." This order was promptly ignored, leading to a protracted regulatory fight involving both crown and Parliament.

The familiar cycle of the taxi industry wars

washingtonpost.com — Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that. In recent months, battles over the taxi industry have adopted a Manichean flair: villainous, politically well-connected, protectionist cartel vs. virtuous, pro-consumer underdog start-up (assuming you consider a $40 billion company an underdog).
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Dec 15, 2014

RT @normative: Bwahaha. And of course, now the Spanish papers are begging the government to stop Google News closing. businessinsider.com/spanish-newspa…

Dec 15, 2014

for out-of-state students, it costs $71k to get a journalism degree at UC-Berkeley. m.cjr.org/303546/show/88…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @greenhousenyt: Terrific piece: Union president is a fierce advocate for correction officers--and a roadblock to prison reform. nytimes.com/2014/12/15/nyr…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @LHSummers: Lant Pritchett & I present new evidence on growth slowdowns: middle income trap vs regression to the mean. Read here:http://…

Dec 15, 2014

Social Security continues to try to collect debts from children of people allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago wapo.st/1yO21m7

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