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Primarily featuring posts written by students and faculty in our network, our blog is a forum for writing on issues of faith, politics, economics, and society. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors alone.
Ambition: A Culture of Professional Ladder Climbing

Ambition: A Culture of Professional Ladder Climbing

I have been in Washington, DC for a little over a month now and I have already caught the DC federal bug that everyone warns you not to catch. The opportunities are boundless in this city. I walk down the crowded streets bumping into person after person not realizing that I could be bumping into the chief of staff of a senator or the president of a non-profit. Everyone here knows somebody.

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Constitutional Durability: The Constitutions of the Order of Friars Preachers and American Constitutionalism

Constitutional Durability: The Constitutions of the Order of Friars Preachers and American Constitutionalism

Anne Rodriguez is a senior at Providence College, majoring in political science and theology. Ms. Rodriguez’s Young Scholars research will conduct a study on constitutional durability, reviewing the Constitution of the Dominican Order of Preachers (an order of Catholic priests established in 1216 AD) in comparison to the Constitution of the United States, the Norwegian Constitution, and the Belgian Constitution.

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Passivity and Revenue: How a Passive Tax System Exacerbates Fiscal Illusion

Passivity and Revenue: How a Passive Tax System Exacerbates Fiscal Illusion

Logan Matthews is a senior at Belmont University, majoring in economics and politics & public law. Mr. Matthews’ Young Scholars research is motivated by a public choice theory known as “fiscal illusion,” which suggests that the less transparent a tax system is to the taxpayer, the more difficult it is for the taxpayer to recognize and understand the true cost of government.

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Investing in Service: Professionalization Effects on the Provision of Constituent Service

Investing in Service: Professionalization Effects on the Provision of Constituent Service

Thomas Dowling is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in political science with a concentration in civic leadership and history. Mr. Dowling’s Young Scholars research will examine the effect of state legislature staffing and resources allocation, known as professionalization, on state-level public policy outcomes and governance.

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The Benefits Cliff and Labor Supply: Lessons from Behavioral Economics

The Benefits Cliff and Labor Supply: Lessons from Behavioral Economics

Emma Nyhof is a senior at Hope College, majoring in economics and psychology. Ms. Nyhof’s Young Scholars research will investigate how behavioral economic theory may explain some of the decision-making surrounding the “benefits cliff”—the high effective marginal tax rates faced by benefits program participants when they increase their work hours.

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