Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

More Regulations Mean Less Productivity

From 1997 to 2010, output per worker in the least regulated industries increased 63 percent, while output in the most regulated firms increased just 33 percent...

Government Policies Inadvertently Hurt Black Americans

In an interview with Reason TV, author Jason Riley discusses how government policies have hurt the black population...

How to Analyze Today's Unemployment Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its August employment report this morning, and all eyes will be on the unemployment rate. But there are a few other pieces of important data that should be looked at...

Study: Extending Unemployment Benefits Hurt Job Creation

Another study has been released indicating unemployment benefits ultimately hurt the unemployed...

More Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs

An important indicator of labor market health is the job quit rate: how many workers are voluntarily leaving their jobs?...

Sugar Industry Blames Mexico for Falling Sugar Prices

The U.S. sugar industry is seeking to limit Mexican sugar imports...

Americans Pessimistic about U.S. Economy

Seventy-one percent of Americans believe that the recession has brought permanent, lasting changes to the American economy...

Is the Unemployment Rate Accurate?

Many people see the unemployment rate as the main indicator of the health of the labor market, but the number may be questionable...

Should Cities Pass Right-to-Work Laws?

Currently, twenty-four states have right-to-work (RTW) laws, which allow employees to work without paying union dues...

Problems with Fixing Immigration via Executive Order

Any order granting legal status to undocumented workers would immediately be challenged in court...


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