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Economic Issues

Poverty Drops as Urbanization Rises

Poverty has fallen dramatically over the last 200 years...

The Rise in Single Motherhood Since 1965

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan caused a stir when he reported on the growing number of black children being born to single mothers and growing up without a father in the home...

The Death of Cash as a Vehicle for Saving

The Federal Reserve's zero interest rate policy has encouraged spending rather than saving, and low-risk options like U.S. Treasury bills provide little in the way of returns...

Right-to-Work Laws Improve Economies

Twenty-four states have right-to-work laws, which allow an employee in a unionized workplace to choose not to join a union or pay union dues...

Shipping Law Is Costing Americans Money

A largely unknown law from 1920 is raising prices for American consumers across the country...

What Exactly Did Friday's Jobs Report Say?

Many cheered Friday's jobs report, which showed unemployment remaining at 5.8 percent while the country added 321,000 jobs...

Would Raising the Minimum Wage Reduce Welfare Spending?

Proponents of the minimum wage increases argue that an increase would save the government money in social support services, the idea being that individuals whose earnings increase as a result of the wage hike would be less likely to seek and need welfare benefits…...

Trade Gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement that would expand American trade with nations in the Asia-Pacific region...

American Shipping Law Raises Prices for Consumers

A largely unknown federal statute requires that all goods being shipped by water between American ports must be transported on American-made and American-owned ships that have American crews...

Which American States Are the Most Free?

The top 10 most free states saw a 3.5 percent growth in employment and 8 percent economic growth...


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