Category Archives: Jobs and economy

One place where Trump’s lament about lost manufacturing falls flat

As Indiana voters head to the polls, Scott Lincicome explains in a Federalist column why they should be less susceptible than most to Donald Trump’s stump speech about American manufacturing woes. Perhaps the most important fact about Indiana’s economy—and one you won’t be hearing from Trump or his media buddies—is that the state’s manufacturing sectorContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on assessments of East Carolina University’s new chancellor. Donna Martinez’s Daily Journal recounts a recent meeting with a pint-size entrepreneur.






Exactly what I was talking about

Last week I was perplexed about something. I mentioned what I called the “chest-thumping rhetoric used by those seeking a massive hike in the minimum wage.” I wrote about the minimum wage’s deeply racist founding and its well known negative effects, especially on the poor and low-skilled. Then I wrote: But oh how the media and the ‘morality’Continue Reading






Moving N.C. economic development efforts to nonprofit group

About 18 months have passed since North Carolina shifted its economic development functions out of the N.C. Department of Commerce and into a new nonprofit group: the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Partnership CEO Christopher Chung outlined the group’s purpose during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clipContinue Reading






No land of the free for these homes of the Braves

Fans of this recent Julie Tisdale column might appreciate Ira Boudway and Kate Smith’s recent Bloomberg Businessweek feature on the Atlanta Braves’ recent history of major and minor league stadium construction projects. Over the last 15 years, the Braves have extracted nearly half a billion in public funds for four new homes, each bigger andContinue Reading






What if Trump followed through on his ideas?

The latest issue of Commentary magazine takes Donald Trump at his word and examines the likely impact for American policies if the Republican presidential front-runner ends up in the White House. Along with taxes, immigration, health care, infrastructure, and foreign policy, the magazine tackles Trump’s tactics on trade, with help from Scott Lincicome. Let usContinue Reading






Bet you could use an extra $13,000 this year

Bentley Coffey, Patrick McLaughlin, and Pietro Peretto of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University place a price tag on American regulatory growth. Economic growth in the United States has, on average, been slowed by 0.8 percent per year since 1980 owing to the cumulative effects of regulation. If regulation had been held constant atContinue Reading






More trouble for the Chinese economy

Jonathan Laing offers Barron’s readers a disturbing picture of China’s latest economic developments. U.S. INVESTORS SHOULDN’T put too much stock in the China turnaround story. The government is notorious for inflating its GDP and other growth numbers. It’s a nation that appears to be drowning in too much debt. Perhaps of greatest moment, Beijing inContinue Reading