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Should Walmart Imitate Costco? The Variation in Retail Wages

Is it realistic to expect all types of retailers to pay the same wage?...

Should Walmart Imitate Costco?

"Living wage" advocates accuses Walmart of being stingy on employee pay, and point to Costco as a model to follow...

Will the Joint Employer Rule Hurt Franchises?

Two significant rulings by the National Labor Relations Board in 2015 expanded the interpretation of the "joint employer" rule...

Health Construction Still Very Weak in January

Construction of new health facilities remained very weak in January, shrinking 0.1 percent since December, while other construction grew at 1.6 percent...

Occupational Licensing Reform: Walk, Don't Run

In 1952, less than 5 percent of U.S. workers were required to be licensed to legally perform their jobs. By 2008, that number had risen to 29 percent, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...

Will the Labor Force Participation Rate Be Forever Low?

Despite President Obama's pride over January's 4.9 percent unemployment rate, the labor force participation rate is still gasping for breath...

Huge Health Jobs Hike, Especially in Hospitals

The latest tepid jobs report was dominated by health services, which added 37,000 jobs in January...

We're Driving Less: What That Means

Younger age groups are now less likely to get a driver's license. The number for 20- to 24-year-olds, for example, fell from 92 percent in 1983 to 77 percent in 2014 says NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...

Murkowski Outlines Senate Energy Plan

In the GOP weekly address, Sen. Murkowski describes the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes liquid natural gas (LNG) exports...

Note to Washington, D.C.: It's All About Economics

After "promising" back in 2013 to build two stores east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., Walmart has announced it will no longer do so...


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