Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

What Makes a Country Successful? Small Government, Economic Freedom

The majority of the time, rising per-capita incomes, economic growth and low unemployment are associated with small government and economic freedom...

Unnecessary Licensing Raises Consumer Prices and Kills Jobs

In Minnesota, it takes more classroom time to become a cosmetologist than to become a lawyer...

Federal Regulations Drive Up Consumer Prices

The 36 economically significant regulations issued by the Obama administration increase consumer prices by more than $11,000...

Residents and Businesses Flee California

California lost 410,000 residents to Nevada and Arizona between 2000 and 2010, taking nearly $12 billion in adjusted growth income with them...

Overregulation Hurts Job Creation and Economic Growth

According to entrepreneurs, regulatory burdens, complexity and uncertainty are dampening their ability to launch new businesses and create jobs...

Explaining the Wage Gender Gap

Differences in male and female compensation are the product of education, choice of occupation, hours worked, experience, non-cash benefits and career interruptions...

What Makes a Country Successful? Small Government, Economic Freedom

The majority of the time, rising per-capita incomes, economic growth and low unemployment are associated with small government and economic freedom...

Half of the Unemployed Have Given Up on Work

Forty-eight percent of unemployed Americans say that they "haven't had to look for work as hard" because of unemployment benefits...

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs

A proposal to raise Seattle's minimum wage up to $15 is controversial, and while the measure has not passed, small businesses are panicked. Many businesses are holding off on expanding or hiring additional workers...

Manufacturers Having Trouble Filling Positions

The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $77,505 in 2012, yet companies are having trouble filling these positions. For many, manufacturing invokes images of old factories, but today's manufacturing is modernized...


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