James D. Agresti

James D. Agresti is the president of Just Facts and the author of Rational Conclusions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and has worked as a designer of jet aircraft engines, a technical sales professional, and chief engineer of a firm that customizes helicopters.

Recent blog posts by this author

Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public

President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants. The parents of nine people slain by such immigrants spoke about their family’s experiences, and Trump presented an array of...

Social Security Has Not Been ‘Looted’

The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for reform is impeded by a common...

What the New York Times Gets Wrong About the Effects of Regulations on the Economy

In a New York Times article about President Trump scaling back regulations, reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley report “there is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to” economic growth. They support this sweeping claim...

No, Public School Teachers Are Not Underpaid

During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid the true costs to...

In America, Women and Men Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work

Certain media outlets are giving fawning coverage to “Equal Pay Day,” a “public awareness event” invented by the National Committee on Pay Equity to “illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.” This group claims that women earn much less...

Media Misinformation About Arming Teachers

Misinformation can be deadly, especially when it comes to issues like school shootings. This is because it can build support for policies that increase fatalities and generate opposition to reforms that can save lives. Despite these high stakes,...

Government Spending on Higher Education Reaches an All-Time High

It’s a common theme in the news media: Education needs more money. Always. In keeping with that storyline, a recent Washington Post article about higher education reports: To the alarm of many educators, nearly every state has cut funding to...

Effects of Immigration From Impoverished Nations

Throughout the extensive media coverage of President Trump allegedly calling Haiti, El Salvador, and nations of Africa “s—hole countries,” most journalists glossed over the central policy question at the core of this debate: What are the effects of...

2017: The Year in Facts and Falsehoods

Reflecting back on 2017 and looking forward to the future when more people will know facts that allow them to make important, informed decisions, Just Facts has summarized five facts and five falsehoods that: relate to events that captured the...

Four Fabrications About Firearms

According to two recent op-eds published by the New York Times: “more guns means more murder.” “more guns means less safety.” “a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a criminal assault, an accidental death or injury, a suicide attempt...

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