That is the new Edge symposium, with many excellent luminaries, including Jens Ludwig, Richard Thaler, and Raj Chetty from economics, with Sendhil Mullainathan playing host and interlocutor. Chetty serves up these answers:
Here are three questions that come to mind that I dread answering as an economist working on policy issues:
1. If you were in charge, what policies would you enact today to raise growth rates and incomes for the average family in America?
2. Why do American students perform poorly relative to students in other countries and how can we fix education in the U.S.?
3. When are house prices going to recover to pre-recession levels?