Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Another Recession by Early 2014?

Two post-financial crisis economic swoons have been curbed with easy money and fiscal stimulus, but flat retail sales, slowing employment growth and a faltering housing sector may prevent these strategies from working again...

Is the Euro Saved?

The European economic periphery is again showing the clearest signs of economic and political distress...

High Frequency Trading Is Not Harmful

High Frequency Trading is a contemporary tool that facilitates informational market efficiency and, as such, is capable of being regulated by the market and market participants...

Minimum Wage Increases Do More Harm Than Good

More than 10 million young people are either unemployed or underemployed...

Compensation Follows Productivity in the U.S. Economy

Over the past 40 years measured productivity in the United States has increased 100 percent and average compensation has risen 77 percent...

The Volcker Rule Could Be Disastrous for the United States

If U.S. banks cannot make markets, European and Asian banks will fill the gap, and may do so by trading in different markets located outside the United States...

Obama's Broken Window Fallacy

At a general level, employment created as a result of a government policy is a cost rather than a benefit for the economy as a whole...

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Corrupt Seizing of Raisins

An elected board of bureaucrats known as the Raisin Administrative Committee decides what the proper yield of raisins should be in any given year in order to meet a previously decided-upon price...

The Conundrum of Chinese Economic Growth

Cheap credit and perverse incentives in the Chinese economy have led to massive but redundant investment, which, in turn, has contributed to excess capacity in manufacturing and infrastructure...

Purchasing Power Parity: The End of Deceptive Inflation Reports

Often, it is difficult to obtain timely, reliable exchange rate and inflation data for countries with troubled currencies...


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