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Regulations Are a Really Big Drag On U.S. Growth

The cumulative buildup of federal regulations over time leads to duplicative, obsolete, conflicting and even contradictory rules which stifle growth...

Why Is Wage Growth So Slow? Part I

Wages have grown at a mere 2 percent a year since 2012. But this does not necessarily mean that employers are being stingy...

Why Is Wage Growth So Slow? Part II

While some policymakers may just shrug and insist that slow wage and GDP growth are the “new normal,” others seem to believe that simply waving the magic $15 minimum wage wand will fix everything. Both are wrong...

Where is the Stock Market Panic Now?

Saving enough for the golden years becomes much more difficult when savers' actions are influenced by emotional news headlines and not rational, long-term planning...

Should Tipping Be Abolished?

Tipping opponents do not seem to appreciate the economics of tipping. Tipping has economic advantages for everyone concerned: restaurant owners, their customers, servers and other workers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Richard McKenzie...

Available and Off-Limits Offshore U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Resources

Close to 87 percent of all federally controlled offshore acreage is off-limits to oil and natural gas development, writes NCPA Senior Research Fellow Lloyd Bentsen...

Should Walmart Imitate Costco? The Variation in Retail Wages

Is it realistic to expect all types of retailers to pay the same wage?...

Should Walmart Imitate Costco?

"Living wage" advocates accuses Walmart of being stingy on employee pay, and point to Costco as a model to follow...

Will the Joint Employer Rule Hurt Franchises?

Two significant rulings by the National Labor Relations Board in 2015 expanded the interpretation of the "joint employer" rule...

Health Construction Still Very Weak in January

Construction of new health facilities remained very weak in January, shrinking 0.1 percent since December, while other construction grew at 1.6 percent...


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