Stan Veuger is a resident scholar at AEI. His academic research focuses on political economy, and has been published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He writes frequently for popular audiences on a variety of topics, including health and tax policy. He is a regular contributor to The Hill, The National Interest, and U.S. News & World Report. Before joining AEI, Dr. Veuger was a teaching fellow at Harvard University and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He was a 2012-2103 National Review Institute Washington Fellow, and he is a board member of The Altius Society and of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Netherland-American Foundation. He is a graduate of Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as well as A.M. and Ph.D. degrees, also in Economics, from Harvard University. His academic research website can be found here.
Making the debt limit a political issue is harmful to the economy as it leads to increased uncertainty. There are more important issues such as Ebola, ISIS and Obamacare that we should focus on instead.
The Export-Import Bank plays a useful role in sustaining a truly global marketplace in which firms compete based on productivity and service, without being subject to the frills of fussy governments. It deserves to be reauthorized.
The Cash for Clunkers program was an Obama administration initiative that was meant to provide economic stimulus by encouraging families to purchase newer and more energy efficient vehicles. New research shows that the program actually had the opposite effect as spending on new cars declined by $3 billion.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was supposed to ensure that those who like their health insurance plan would be able to keep it. However, many employer-based plans, covering millions of Americans, will undergo significant changes or even disappear.
Without a doubt, exciting new technologies, including in robotics, 3-D printing, and gene therapy, are impressive. Blood markers and the ability to reengineer genetic DNA have achieved fantastic breakthroughs. Nanotechnology and biotechnology have improved living standards significantly.