Daily Policy Digest

International Issues

How a Tax Hike Increased the Deficit

Crippling tax hikes are driving people and economic activity away from Britain...

Nudgers vs. Nannies

The attitude of Britain's politicians that it is the role of the state to tell people what to do in their private lives is alarming...

Stealing Pensions

Europe is trying to dig out of its budget hole by seizing private pensions...

Five Lessons from Ireland

The continuing deterioration of the Emerald Isle deserves further analysis so that American policymakers hopefully grasp the right lessons...

The Cost of Cleaning up in Cuba

Cuba's cash-strapped government is slashing subsidies on a number of "nonessential" items, including soap, toothpaste and detergent, says Jenny Barchfield...

Beijing Minimum Wage to Rise 21% amid Inflation Pressure

Beijing will raise its minimum wage 21 percent next year, among rising inflationary pressures and concern over China’s widening wealth gap...

Don't Go to Brazil for a Deal on an iPad

Brazil's economy would fare better if, instead of fencing out rivals, the government provided decent infrastructure and levied lower and fewer taxes, says economist André Sacconato...

Bullying Ireland

Ireland did many things wrong in the years running up to the financial crisis, but offering investors relatively low levels of taxation and high levels of security was not among them, says Alvaro Vargas Llosa...

Ireland's Reality Is Our Reality

Eventually, the U.S. federal government (and some of the states like California) will have to face the same economic reality Ireland now confronts, says Emily Skarbek...

Debt Solution Lies in Success of Europe

European governments have deliberately rejected Washington's embrace of massive deficit spending as the best way to rev up an ailing economy -- with better outcomes, say observers...


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