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Economic Issues

Transatlantic Trade Negotiation Roadmap

The economic benefits of a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are estimated to be in the range of a $125 billion annual boost to gross domestic product on each side of the Atlantic...

Nearly 6 Million U.S. Youth out of School, Work

Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth...

Evaluating the Cost of Global Problems

In economic terms, the cost of poor health at the outset of the 20th century was an astounding 32 percent of global gross domestic product; today, it is down to about 11 percent, and by 2050 it will be half that...

Assessing Free Trade Zones

Free trade zones can produce several negative results including a strong mafia presence, massive counterfeit operations, tax evasion, money laundering and even terror financing...

Too Much Government Causes Sluggish Economic Growth

From the end of the recession in 2009, real economic growth in the United States has averaged less than 2 percent, which means that it will take around 35 years for real income to double...

Has Income Inequality Really Risen?

A variety of approaches show that inequality between the bottom and middle has not grown since the 1980s...

Free Market Falsehoods

An "ideal" economic system is not one in which no one ever makes a mistake; it is one in which the mistakes that people inevitably make are corrected as effectively as possible...

Housing Prices Rebound

The average house price went up over 12 percent from July 2012 to July 2013, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller house price index...

Why Economic Growth Is Getting Harder

Growth in real U.S. gross domestic product per capita has fluctuated fairly closely around an average annual rate of approximately 2 percent; there are strong reasons for doubting that this historic norm can be maintained...

Is the United States Canada's Socialist Neighbor to the South?

Since 2005 Canada has been more economically free than the supposed laissez-faire wonderland of the United States -- and the gap is widening...


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