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Who Is Dropping Out of the Labor Force?

Young workers -- ages 16 to 24 -- have seen the largest decline in labor force participation, dropping from 62 percent to 55 percent between 2003 and 2013...

Will Promise Zone Program Help the Poor?

Analysts are concerned that President Obama's "promise zone" program will only shift the problem around, simply drawing investment and jobs away from nearby places and into the targeted communities...

Countries Can Relieve Fiscal Stress by Selling Assets

Between 2005 and 2013, 11 of the 20 largest initial public offerings were sales of minority stakes by state-owned enterprises, most of them in developing countries...

America's Dwindling Economic Freedom

After seven straight years of decline, the United States has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries...

Most of the Benefits of a Minimum Wage Increase Would Not Go to Poor Households

A low-end estimate of the reduction in jobs due to an increase in the minimum wage is that a 10 percent increase would reduce the number of low-wage jobs by only 1 percent...

Can Policy Boost Growth?

Lower and more uniform rates on a broad tax base would increase economic growth in the United States...

A Fresh Look at the Indian Business Climate

Approximately 50 percent of entrepreneurs in India reported corruption, inadequate infrastructure and taxes to be somewhat or extremely problematic in a recent survey...

Which States Will Generate Jobs in 2014?

North Dakota remains the fastest job creator in the United States due to its energy boom with a 3.6 percent growth rate, followed by Arizona, which grew at a 3 percent rate last year...

The Real Cost of Raising the Minimum Wage

Half of minimum-wage workers are under age 25 and 24 percent are teens...

Ten Missed Economic Opportunities In 2013

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow and director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute, lists 10 economic opportunities the United States missed in 2013...


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