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Economic Issues

Will Dodd-Frank Help or Hinder?

Financial regulators cannot simply refuse to consider concerns raised by the financial industry about the Dodd-Frank legislation...

Change Needed -- Social Security Disability Insurance

The employment rate of working-age Americans with disabilities hit an all-time low of 14.5 percent in March 2012...

"McWages" and the Middle Class

Only 5 percent of the 10 million restaurant employees earn the minimum wage; 71 percent of minimum-wage employees in the restaurant industry are under the age of 25...

Empowering Women through Employment, Earnings and Wealth in India

More autonomy for women is an essential step forward in the fight against domestic abuse in India...

More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

Recent surveys found more than 60 percent of people ages 18 to 34 knew someone who had moved back in with their parents because of the economy...

How to Not Outlive Your Money

A new analysis found the average 401(k) balance was $80,600 at the end of June, up nearly 11 percent from the same quarter a year ago...

How to Attract and Retain Investment in a Competitive Global Economy

While the United States' current claim to 17 percent of the world’s stock of foreign direct investment is impressive, the share stood at 39 percent as recently as 1999...

American Wages Remain Low

The average hourly pay for a nongovernment, non-supervisory worker, adjusted for price increases, declined to $8.77 last month from $8.85 at the end of the recession in June 2009...

California Homes Require Real Reach

Data indicates that the median house price in California in the early 1970s was 7 percent above the national average; by 2013, the price differential had risen to 109 percent...

Did Taxes Cause the Financial Crisis?

Financial firms in the United States pay about 34 percent of their profits in taxes, and, while they can deduct interest payments to creditors from taxable income, equity is not taxed as favorably...


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