Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Americans Fear Not Having Enough Money for Retirement

More than 40 percent of retirees are at risk of not having enough money for daily needs, out-of-pocket health expenses or long-term care...

Using HSAs as IRAs

Some Americans are using their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as supplementary retirement accounts...

The Mixed Track Record of the Fed's First 100 Years

While established as a lender of last resort, the Federal Reserve has morphed into a central bank with discretionary authority and a record of mixed results...

Using Consumption to Measure Inequality

While standard inequality measurements look at income and earnings, consumption is critical to getting an accurate picture of inequality...

EU Introduces Negative Interest Rate

The European Central Bank is the first major bank to impose a negative interest rate, meaning that it will costs banks money to hold onto their extra funds...

Is There Really a Gap Between Wages and Productivity?

Many people encouraging an increase in the minimum wage will cite Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures showing that productivity since 1973 has gone up 100 percent...

Is U.S. Manufacturing Making a Comeback?

Manufacturing may be making a comeback, at least according to some economists. But skeptics are not so sure...

Obamanomics Hurting Millennials

In the years following the Great Recession, economic growth has been anemic, especially for millennials...

What Makes a Country Successful? Small Government, Economic Freedom

The majority of the time, rising per-capita incomes, economic growth and low unemployment are associated with small government and economic freedom...

Unnecessary Licensing Raises Consumer Prices and Kills Jobs

In Minnesota, it takes more classroom time to become a cosmetologist than to become a lawyer...


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