Forecasting the Path of China's CO2 Emissions
John Holbo on Justus Moser's "On the Diminished Disgrace of Whores and Their Children in Our Day"

The Benefits of Publicly-Funded Clinical Trials of Prescription Drugs

Yet another very good idea from Dean Baker:

CEPR - The Benefits and Savings of Publicly-Funded Clinical Trials of Prescription Drugs: This paper proposes publicly funding prescription drug trials as an alternative to the present system, wherein pharmaceutical companies often finance and conduct tests of their drugs themselves. The report posits that in addition to substantial savings for the government, independent companies working under long-term federal contracts would result in full and accurate disclosure of the results of drug testing.