Episode 113

Rent Control, Birth Control, ESAs

Ravi and Rikki take a closer look at the Biden administration’s fair housing plan, potentially including one controversial proposal: rent control. Rikki then turns us to her recent reporting on the mental health effects of the pill and the nuances of birth control. Finally, we take stock of the school choice measure making waves across red and purple America: Education Savings Accounts.


Rent Control [04:26]

The White House Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights (The Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council, 1/25/23)
The Biden Plan for Investing in Our Communities through Housing (Joe Biden)
Biden Proposes Renters’ Bill Of Rights — Here’s What It Will Do (Forbes, 1/25/23)
The Biden Administration Flirts With Imposing Nationwide Rent Control Via Executive Action (Reason, 1/27/23)
I changed my mind on rent control (Vox, 12/2/21)
Study Says Rent Control Is Good For Cities, Debunking Conventional Economists’ Wisdom (Gothamist, 4/17/19)
FACT SHEET:  Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Protect Renters and Promote Rental Affordability (The White House, 1/25/23)
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Federal Housing Finance Agency)
Elizabeth Warren, Jamaal Bowman Want To Give Lina Khan the Power To Impose Rent Control on the Whole Country (Reason, 1/18/23)
The White House Is Considering Broad Actions to Expand Tenant Protections (Bloomberg, 1/18/23)
Return of Rent Control: New Research Shows Benefit of Decades-Old Affordable Housing Approach (Columbia Business School, 4/8/19)
The Case for Rent Control (The Urbanist, 8/5/19)
Joe Biden’s $2 Trillion Jobs Plan Endorses ‘YIMBY Grants’ (Reason, 4/21)
Joe Biden’s disastrous plans for America’s suburbs (New York Post, 7/21/20)
What does economic evidence tell us about the effects of rent control? (Brookings Institution, 10/18/18)
The Effects of Rent Control Expansion on Tenants, Landlords, and Inequality: Evidence from San Francisco (Stanford University, 3/4/19)

Birth Control [23:33]

Why more women, like me, are abandoning the pill over emerging health concerns (New York Post, 1/30/23)
This is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences (Dr. Sarah E. Hill, 10/1/19)
Does the pill affect my stress response? (Dr. Sarah E. Hill, 9/18/20)
Feel like a different person on the pill? Here’s how it affects your mood (TED Ideas, 4/26/20)
Are Birth Control Pills Bad for Your Brain? (Health, 12/8/22)
How Birth Control May Affect Mental Health: Benefits and Side Effects (Psych Central, 8/30/21)
Going Off the Pill Could Affect Who You’re Attracted to, Study Finds (Time, 11/20/14)
Oral contraceptive use in women changes preferences for male facial masculinity and is associated with partner facial masculinity (National Library of Medicine, 3/23/13)
Women’s preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status (The Royal Society, 7/5/05)
Relationship satisfaction and outcome in women who meet their partner while using oral contraception (National Library of Medicine, 10/12/11)
How to make stress your friend (TED Talks, 9/4/13)
The Upside of Stress (Dr. Kelly McGonigal, 4/10/16)

Education Savings Accounts [38:38]

Jubilant Kim Reynolds signs Iowa’s seismic ‘school choice’ bill into law. What it means (Des Moines Register, 1/25/23)
Controversial Utah voucher bill passes final vote. What’s next? (Salt Lake Tribune, 1/26/23)
Education savings account bill introduced in Idaho Senate committee (Idaho Capital Sun, 1/31/23)
Arizona governor signed the most expansive school choice legislation in the nation into law (Fox News, 7/7/22)
What to know about education savings accounts, the school choice measure making waves in states (The Hill, 2/5/23)
Seizing on Parents’ Frustration, GOP Governors Push for Education Savings Accounts (The 74 Million, 1/23/23)
The School Choice Drive Accelerates (WSJ Editorial Board, 1/27/23)
Six Big Problems With Education Savings Accounts (Forbes, 2/1/21)
Six Questions To Evaluate Your State’s Education Savings Account Voucher Program (Forbes, 11/16/21)
Arizona’s Universal Education Savings Accounts Are a Win for All Students (The 74 Million, 10/11/22)
U.S. school voucher programs have caught on – but are they funneling public dollars in private schools? (The Guardian, 9/7/22)
What if Americans sour on public education? (Brookings Institution, 8/29/22)
ESA Law and Administrative Rules (Arizona Department of Education)
Proposed education savings accounts are vouchers. Period. (AFT Pennsylvania)
Arizona’s Universal ESAs: 10 Facts you Need to Know (Goldwater Institute, 9/7/22)
Model Policy: Education Savings Account Act (American Legislative Exchange Council)
Do school vouchers work? Here’s what research really says. (Chalkbeat, 2/21/20)
The Ohio EdChoice Program’s impact on school district enrollments, finances, and academics (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 12/14/22)

Voicemails [51:12]