Monthly Archives: February 2013

Is parsimonious medicine only about avoiding wasteful care?

Jon Tilburt and Christine Cassel make a distinction between parsimonious medicine and rationing: parsimonious medicine is not rationing; it means delivering appropriate health care that fits the needs and circumstances of patients and that actively avoids wasteful care—care that does … Continue reading

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AIDS, Science, and the Well-Being of the Poor

Science reports on the startling increase in life expectancy in southern Africa accomplished through programs that supplied highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to HIV-infected residents. This began in 2004 (see Figure). Since then, life expectancy at age 15 for the affected … Continue reading

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Converging Income Inequality in Brazil and the United States: Some Uncomfortable Realities

Professor Fernando Luiz Lara from the University of Texas at Austin discusses the political and social dimensions of changing income inequality in Brazil and the United States. The US will become as unequal as Brazil.  And that bothers both societies. As we … Continue reading

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Liberté, egalité, randomiser! On Obama’s Pre-K Initiative

The standout policy announcement in President Obama’s State of the Union address was his commitment to implement universal pre-kindergarten education. This is wonderful, but everything depends on how it is implemented. What I want to see is a further commitment … Continue reading

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Everyone’s a little bit sexist sometimes

Going back over the Inequalities archives (a fine way to spend one’s time I can assure you…), I noticed that, although our discussions have ranged quite widely, we haven’t really talked much about gender. So today, I’m going to address … Continue reading

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‘Existential Risk’ as hysterical rhetoric?

I claim that global warming should be viewed as an existential risk to humanity. The trajectory of global temperature is headed to a region where the consequences to humanity are uncertain, but have a large probability tail that includes true … Continue reading

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Solving the High School Graduation Puzzle

Going back at least as far as the landmark 1966 Coleman Report, social scientists and policymakers have debated how much educational achievement gaps reflect the influence of families and social norms on the one hand, and differences in the quality … Continue reading

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