Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Low Labor Force Participation: What Congress Can Do to Help

Small-business owners are more likely to cite either taxes (21 percent) or regulations and red tape (21 percent) than poor sales (16 percent) as their single greatest problem...

Why the Economy Is Recovering Slowly

Attempts to jumpstart the economy with demand-side fiscal stimulus merely causes the government to pile up more debt, with any growth effects being offset by the Federal Reserve...

Would a Free Market Lead to Fewer Smokers?

The sale of the two least hazardous recreational nicotine products -- e-cigarettes and Swedish snus -- are banned in many countries despite growing evidence that they can play an important role in reducing the smoking rate...

Arizona on the Rise

Arizona’s non-judicial foreclosure process has allowed distressed properties to be taken off the market faster than similarly hard hit states, driving prices upward...

When It Pays Not to Work

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is 23 percent higher compared to five years earlier and 55 percent higher than 2003...

More Large-Scale Lending by the International Monetary Fund?

The most useful role that the International Monetary Fund can play in the current emerging market economic crisis is to help those countries get back to an economic policy path that restores both domestic and external investor confidence in those economies...

Earnings an Issue for Single Parents

Single moms account for precisely one-quarter of U.S. households; married mothers earned a median family income of $80,000 in 2011, almost four times more than families led by a single mom...

Jobless or Unemployed -- What's the Difference?

The recession wiped out 8 million jobs; four years into the supposed recovery, only 6 million of them have been regained...

Get Ready for QE4

Abandoning quantitative easing may be a good idea eventually, but it is not a good idea now while fiscal policy is tightening, U.S. and global growth is falling, and inflation is falling as well...

Does Poverty Lead to Poor Decision Making?

A new study suggests that being poor may keep some people from concentrating on ways that would lead them out of poverty...


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