Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Our Weak Economic Recovery

Economic growth since the end of the financial crisis has been significantly weaker than in other recoveries...

Government Pays Contractors Three Times Market Rate

In New York City, the median hourly salary for window installers is $18.87. But for government contractors, even the most inexperienced installers make $42 hourly...

Labor Shortage Causing Higher Home Prices

While homebuilding markets are recovering in many cities, many contractors are having difficulty finding skilled workers. They have boosted worker pay in order to attract labor, passing those higher wage costs onto home buyers...

Is Disability Contributing to Women's Declining Employment?

The labor force participation rate for women is the lowest in more than a decade, and it has dropped from its 1999 peak of 60 percent down to 57.2 percent in 2012...

The Regulatory State

It cost Americans a whopping $1.863 trillion to comply with federal regulations in 2013, more than the gross domestic product of Canada...

Executive Order Closing Restaurants, Killing Jobs

The Navy estimates that 390 fast food restaurants will close due to new costs resulting from an executive order to raise the minimum wage, meaning a loss of 5,750 jobs; additional closures on Army and Air Force bases could mean a loss of 10,000 more jobs...

What Is the Best Way to Measure Inequality?

By adding in in-kind benefits (such as health insurance and health care), incomes in the lower and middle quintiles have actually grown, and the growth of inequality is reduced...

Are Baby Boomers Saving Enough?

In 2010, 80 percent of households headed by someone aged 65 to 74 owned their homes; half of these had fully repaid their mortgages...

State Economic Performance and Outlook

Texas outdid the rest of the states in terms of economic performance between 2002 and 2012...

Apprenticeships on the Decline

Apprenticeships offer unique opportunities for workers to gain necessary skills, yet the number of apprenticeship programs in the United States has fallen 40 percent over the last decade...


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