Money & Ethics

Should All Student Debt Be Forgiven?
student loans

Should All Student Debt Be Forgiven?

My favorite reform would be making the repayment of all student loans pro­portional to the borrower’s future earnings.
October 4, 2018
Should Lenders Mail Unsolicited Checks to Potential Borrowers?
credit & debt

Should Lenders Mail Unsolicited Checks to Potential Borrowers?

When it comes to preying on weak credit risks, it looks like Wall Street is at it again.
August 6, 2018
Do Adult Children Have an Obligation to Support Needy Parents?
savings

Do Adult Children Have an Obligation to Support Needy Parents?

Even if some siblings can afford to help more than others, no one should shirk the obligation to assist in some way -- financial or otherwise.
June 6, 2018
Should Nondisclosure Agreements Be Banned in Sexual Harassment Settlements?
business

Should Nondisclosure Agreements Be Banned in Sexual Harassment Settlements?

Knight Kiplinger offers his advice on how companies can improve their handling of harassment problems.
April 4, 2018
How Can the Approval Process for New Drugs Be Speeded Up?
investing

How Can the Approval Process for New Drugs Be Speeded Up?

There are many reform proposals, including some from free-market think tanks.
February 1, 2018

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Should Ethics Determine Who You Do Business With?
spending

Should Ethics Determine Who You Do Business With?

Consumers seeking to do business only with ethical companies should ask these questions.
October 20, 2017
Should Colleges Use Collection Agencies for Overdue Student Bills?
college

Should Colleges Use Collection Agencies for Overdue Student Bills?

Colleges have many potent options for getting students to square their accounts.
October 4, 2017
Hold Soda Makers to Account for Health Woes?
spending

Hold Soda Makers to Account for Health Woes?

A strong case can be made that it’s unethical for companies to target the very customers who shouldn’t be heavy consumers of a given product.
August 24, 2017
Ways to Protect Borrowers From Predatory Home Lending
real estate

Ways to Protect Borrowers From Predatory Home Lending

Land contracts drain low-income communities of resources.
July 21, 2017
Should Employers Be Barred From Asking Job Applicants What They Earn?
business

Should Employers Be Barred From Asking Job Applicants What They Earn?

The effort to ban the “What are you earning?” question is part of a broader movement to make all compensation totally transparent.
June 22, 2017
Should Minor-League Ballplayers Get a Big Pay Raise?
business

Should Minor-League Ballplayers Get a Big Pay Raise?

Pro athletes must keep their bodies and skills in shape 12 months a year, and all should be paid accordingly.
May 25, 2017
Should Colleges Give Preference to Applicants From Wealthy Families?
college

Should Colleges Give Preference to Applicants From Wealthy Families?

Every admitted student should meet the college’s basic academic qualifications.
April 21, 2017
What Should Doctors and Drugmakers Do to Stop Painkiller Addiction?
business

What Should Doctors and Drugmakers Do to Stop Painkiller Addiction?

Physicians and dentists need mandatory pain-management training, starting in medical and dental schools and continuing thereafter.
March 24, 2017
How Should I Handle a Tax Windfall That I Don't Want?
taxes

How Should I Handle a Tax Windfall That I Don't Want?

If getting a huge windfall from impending tax cuts has you feeling guilty, here are some options.
February 7, 2017
How Can We Discourage Bogus News Stories?
business

How Can We Discourage Bogus News Stories?

Only the big online advertising networks can cut off the lifeblood and reduce the financial incentive to create phony stories.
December 22, 2016
Should Casinos Court Senior Citizens?
spending

Should Casinos Court Senior Citizens?

State gaming commissions, which regulate casinos, have an ethical obligation to crack down on predatory marketing to the elderly. But so far, most don…
December 6, 2016
Should Bank Customers Be Allowed to File Class-Action Suits?
credit & debt

Should Bank Customers Be Allowed to File Class-Action Suits?

Of the $185 million in the Wells Fargo settlement, most will go to government agencies as penalties. Very little will go to customers.
October 20, 2016
Should Congress Dictate How Colleges Spend Their Endowments?
college

Should Congress Dictate How Colleges Spend Their Endowments?

Charitable institutions with endowments—whether colleges, museums or hospitals—have a legal and moral obligation to honor the wishes of past donors.
October 4, 2016
Should My Neighbor Be Allowed to Turn His House Into a Short-Term Rental?
real estate

Should My Neighbor Be Allowed to Turn His House Into a Short-Term Rental?

It's a debate that is raging in all of America’s major cities.
October 4, 2016
Should a Criminal Record Rule Out a Job Applicant?
business

Should a Criminal Record Rule Out a Job Applicant?

The goal is an appropriate balance between fairness to job applicants and the employer’s right—indeed, legal obligation—to create a workplace that is …
September 30, 2016
How Much Notice Should You Give Your Boss When You Quit?
business

How Much Notice Should You Give Your Boss When You Quit?

Is quitting without giving your boss notice unethical?
August 2, 2016
Should Rich Immigrants Be Able to "Buy" Permanent Visas?
investing

Should Rich Immigrants Be Able to "Buy" Permanent Visas?

U.S. immigration policy should tilt toward admitting people who actually want to work in this country. An immigrant's wealth shouldn't by itself confe…
July 18, 2016
Should Restaurants Raise Prices and Eliminate Tips?
spending

Should Restaurants Raise Prices and Eliminate Tips?

Saying goodbye to tipping would address fairness and income reporting concerns.
June 6, 2016
Is It Fair for Websites to Lock Out Users of Ad Blockers?
business

Is It Fair for Websites to Lock Out Users of Ad Blockers?

Web users must understand: There is no such thing as a free lunch.
May 2, 2016
Remedying the Gender Pay Gap
business

Remedying the Gender Pay Gap

A proposed federal rule designed to bring men's and women's pay in line would be an ineffective, burdensome mandate for employers.
April 5, 2016