Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Overregulation Hurts Job Creation and Economic Growth

According to entrepreneurs, regulatory burdens, complexity and uncertainty are dampening their ability to launch new businesses and create jobs...

Explaining the Wage Gender Gap

Differences in male and female compensation are the product of education, choice of occupation, hours worked, experience, non-cash benefits and career interruptions...

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...

Half of the Unemployed Have Given Up on Work

Forty-eight percent of unemployed Americans say that they "haven't had to look for work as hard" because of unemployment benefits...

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs

A proposal to raise Seattle's minimum wage up to $15 is controversial, and while the measure has not passed, small businesses are panicked. Many businesses are holding off on expanding or hiring additional workers...

Manufacturers Having Trouble Filling Positions

The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $77,505 in 2012, yet companies are having trouble filling these positions. For many, manufacturing invokes images of old factories, but today's manufacturing is modernized...

Debunking Myths About Imports

While China is the largest supplier of U.S. imports, half of America's non-oil imports come from other developed countries with high wages. Nine of the top 20 of these suppliers are high-wage trading partners...

Fed Policies are Hurting the Economy

The Federal Reserve has maintained its position that quantitative easing is the right path for our economy, but low growth levels and a weak dollar may say otherwise...

Number of Part-Time and Contract Workers Rising

Many of the new jobs that have emerged since the Great Recession are part-time and contract positions...

NC: Criminalizing Ordinary Business Practices

Operating a small business is a serious challenge, and across all industries, only half of all new enterprises last more than four years. In North Carolina, businesses are facing additional concerns, as the state's lawmakers continue putting new laws on the books that criminalize standard business practices...


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