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We're Driving Less: What That Means

Younger age groups are now less likely to get a driver's license. The number for 20- to 24-year-olds, for example, fell from 92 percent in 1983 to 77 percent in 2014 says NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...

Murkowski Outlines Senate Energy Plan

In the GOP weekly address, Sen. Murkowski describes the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes liquid natural gas (LNG) exports...

Note to Washington, D.C.: It's All About Economics

After "promising" back in 2013 to build two stores east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., Walmart has announced it will no longer do so...

SOTU: Obama's "Rigged" Economy

Obama is correct. Yes, the system is "rigged," as he stated in Tuesday night's SOTU address. But don't blame capitalism for that...

SOTU: President Obama's Reckless Energy Policy

The Obama Administration's energy policy over the past seven years, which the president praised in his address, has unnecessarily put our coal industry on life support...

The North American Free Trade Agreement and Mexican Monopolies

The promised economic benefits of NAFTA have not been fully realized, writes NCPA Research Associate Hector Colon...

Debating the Death of the American Dream

Is the American Dream lost? "No", says NCPA Director of Youth Programs Rachel Stevens in an InsideSources commentary...

How Obamacare Crushes Working Class Job Opportunities

The Congressional Budget Office just confirmed Obamacare will cost 2 million full-time equivalent jobs...

Can Christmas Gift Giving Be the "Waste" Economists Claim?

New York Times columnist Josh Barro took obvious pleasure last Christmas reporting on one of modern economics' most settled arguments: that in-kind gift-giving, especially at Christmas, involves a lot of "waste," or, more formally, "deadweight loss"...

Redefining Jobs Down: Managers, Salaried Workers and Overtime Pay

In 2016, millions of professional and salaried American workers will be effectively reclassified as hourly workers and eligible for mandatory overtime pay due to a change in U.S. Department of Labor regulations...


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