We're starting a new feature here at Policy Blog. Every Friday (or as often as we can remember) we'll share a handful of recent reports, news articles and blog postings that we think raise interesting or provocative public policy questions. Please share your thoughts about any of these pieces.
Here is this week's offering:
Misfortune teller: A statistics professor says he can predict crime before it occurs.
Gambling revenue promises rarely met: How well do predictions of state gambling revenues match up to reality?
Why does manufacturing matter? A new report by the Brookings Institution suggests manufacturing policy should strengthen four key areas.
The geography of government benefits: Courtesy of the New York Times, see the share of Americans' income that comes from government benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans' benefits and food stamps. The map may surprise you.
Evaluating teachers: Bill Gates weighs in on a hot topic for education assessment: whether publishing evaluation reports of individual teachers is a good idea or not.