Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

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...

Privatizing OPIC

Countries with strong business climates are most likely to attract investment. When OPIC guarantees investments in risky environments, those countries have no incentive to adopt more favorable policies...

Debunking Myths About Inequality

For the richest one percent of Americans, only 15 percent of their wealth is from an inheritance. Rather, wage income is responsible for the majority of wealthy Americans' net worth...

Designating Investment Funds as SIFIs: The Cost to Investors

Designating investment funds as "systemically important financial institutions," would have a significantly detrimental impact on investors...

The Irrelevant Unemployment Rate

There are plenty of alternatives to work today, as government support programs have made voluntary joblessness a feasible option...

Dubious Claims from the Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified that the Fed would be able to keep inflation in check. But as Carnegie Mellon professor Allan Meltzer explains, no country in history has been able to finance big budget deficits with central bank money and avoid inflation...

How Much Does Regulation Burden Employment?

For every $1 billion in new regulatory costs, employment in the regulated industry declines 3.6 percent. For an average industry, that is a loss of 8,101 jobs for every $1 billion in regulation...

The Best Anti-Poverty Tool: Jobs

Research indicates that those who find a job after losing one experience reduced earnings for up to two decades afterwards...


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