Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

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...

Economic Growth and Right-to-Work Laws

States with right-to-work laws had higher economic growth rates than they otherwise would have based on the results of a statistical model...

Learning from Japan

Asia's economies need deep, well-regulated capital markets, so that savings can be allocated to where they yield the highest returns...

Bubble Watch

The 2008 housing bubble burst and the ensuing global financial crisis destroyed an unprecedented 22 percent of accumulated American wealth...

Will Dodd-Frank Help or Hinder?

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


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