Rising cost of child care may help explain recent increase in stay-at-home moms

July 18, 2014
2014.07.18 A greater share of mothers [in America] are not working outside the home than at any time in the past two decades, according to a new Pew Research Center report. After declining for several decades — bottoming out at 23% around the turn of the century — the share of stay-at-home mothers has risen in

Choosing children

July 1, 2014
2014.07.01 In the last number of years a good amount of material has been published about the rewards of parenting. Are parents truly happier? Is parenting worth it? Many of these articles highlight the downsides of being a parent. Dirty diapers. Crying babies. Bulging tummies. Tyrranical teenagers. Authors (often childless) tell us that parents are more

Women and the world economy

June 24, 2014
2014.06.24 In many countries, public debate about gender equality focuses mainly on women’s access to oppositions and high-powered career opportunities. But the “glass ceiling” is only a small part of the issue. The broader question is whether women have the same opportunities as men to participate in labor markets in the first place. In other

Human trafficking around the world: Hidden in plain sight

June 11, 2014
2014.06.11 Human trafficking is one of those issues that rankles people even when they don’t understand its actual shape and scope. At least a dozen books have appeared in the past few years describing the horrors of sex trafficking, a gruesome practice of enslavement and perversion affecting millions of (mostly) girls the world over, including,

This lost generation of young men is threatening global stability

June 3, 2014
2014.06.03 More emerging market turmoil is coming in 2015, according to recent note from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch research. And one likely source of short-term instability in particular is largely underappreciated: a huge male youth boom. There’s a close relationship between surging populations of young men and “revolutions, wars and upheavals,” argue Ajay Kapur, Ritesh Samadhiya, and Umesha

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year

May 21, 2014
2014.05.21 According to a recent UN report, the progress made in the past 20 years towards reducing global poverty is at risk of being reversed because of a failure to combat widening inequality and strengthen women’s rights. The UN’s ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, has found that the number of people living in developing countries has

Girls’ education and gender equality

May 12, 2014
2014.05.12 Despite progress in recent years, girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems throughout their lives. An estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 34 million girls of lower secondary school age were not enrolled in school in 2011. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest proportion of countries with gender

TIJERINA: Sexual revolution has spawned disposable families

April 22, 2014
2014.04.22 It is somewhat ironic that as Washington lawmakers and the Beltway media look back on the 50-year war on poverty, they overlook another equally significant 50-year anniversary that has actually limited the success of this effort: the sexual permissiveness of the 1960s cultural revolution. That revolution championed a culture in which rules, responsibility and

The most profitable gas in the World

April 2, 2014
2014.02.04 There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver’s seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the

The rush for new oil and gas sources is pushing us towards extreme actions

March 28, 2014
2014.03.28 Current energy strategies include expanding fracking and putting oil rigs in the Arctic. But these are extreme measures and there are few opportunities to hedge the risks For almost all our lives, many in North America have lived in a culture that affirmed a belief in the limitless and uncomplicated production of oil and