Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Increase in Disability Benefits Linked to Decrease in Labor Force Participation

While adults may cease work for reasons separate from the health of the economy, the LFP rate generally decreases when the economy is performing poorly, because workers, feeling defeated, give up looking for jobs...

Tesla Prepared to Fight Long Battle against Car Dealers

As Tesla continues to enjoy massive popularity, car dealers are hoping to prevent the manufacturer from directly distributing its vehicles...

Large Retailers Provide Higher Wages, More Opportunities than Small Retailers

Big-box retailers have been criticized for offering low wages, but a report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that the growth of large chains and retailers raises wage rates relative to smaller, mom-and-pop establishments...

Non-Compete Agreements Limit Growth

New companies are responsible for the majority of net new job creation, but non-compete agreements can keep individuals from moving in and out of jobs...

Income Boost from Right to Work Laws

Currently, 26 states allow unions to force new employees to join unions or pay union dues. But 24 states have Right to Work (RTW) laws, which grant workers the right not to join unions and pay dues as a condition of their employment...

Part-Time Work Responsible for Job Growth

Growth in today's recovery is half of what it was after the United States' previous four recessions...

California: Overprotecting Public Employee Pensions

California courts have ruled that public employees have a right to maintain their pension levels, making it difficult for the state to enact pension reform...

Houston Creates Jobs, Boasts Low Housing Prices

On a square-footage basis, the same amount of money can buy seven times as much space in Houston as in San Francisco and over four times as much space as in New York...

Federal Reserve: Longer Unemployment Benefits Reduce Job Search Efforts

Debate over expiration of long-term unemployment benefits has continued, with supporters of the program contending that extra benefits allow workers to continue their job searches...

The U.S. Labor Market Lacks Dynamism

A workforce that is less dynamic is likely to see weak wage growth, because workers are not in the jobs in which they could be most productive...


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