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International Issues

WHAT IRELAND’S ECONOMIC REVIVAL MEANS FOR ARIZONA

Ireland’s sound fiscal policy fueled an economic boom that both increased wealth and reduced poverty, says Benjamin Powell...

PROPERTY RIGHTS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

There is a direct correlation between the economic well being of a country and its commitment to physical and intellectual property rights...

ICELAND: NORDIC TIGER

By opening up the economy and reducing taxes, revenues in Iceland have more than tripled since 2001...

BRITISH PAY £7.9 BILLION IN UNNECESSARY, AVOIDABLE TAX

Some 82 percent of adult citizens in the United Kingdom will waste as much as £7.9 billion (about U.S. $15.2 billion) by paying unnecessary and avoidable taxes in 2007...

SWEDEN'S PENSION ANTIDOTE

Sweden's pension program could be a model for reforming the U.S. system...

RUSSIA'S OIL WOES

Between 1999 and 2004, Russian private sector oil production grew by 47 percent, while state-owned companies extracted a mere 14 percent...

TAXING WAGES

The "tax wedge," or the percentage of total labor costs that never reaches employees, averaged 42.6 percent in the European Union last year...

INFORMAL ECONOMY PROVES HARD TO CONTROL

It takes about 72 days to set up a business in Peru, compared to only five in the United States...

WEALTH AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM GO HAND IN HAND

The more economically free people are, the more wealth they generate, says Rebecca Hagelin...

WETTBEWERBSSTÄRKUNGSGESETZ

Germany's new health care plan would require private insurers to cap premiums at a certain amount, regardless of a customer's risk profile...


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