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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...

Why Trade Promotion Authority Is Wrong for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Contrary to the assertion of many trade advocates, trade promotion authority is not a necessary prerequisite to passing trade agreements...

Thirteen States Raise Pay For Minimum-Wage Workers

On January 1, 2014, state minimum wages became higher than the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour in 21 states, up from 18 two years ago...


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