Economy

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the value of company-sponsored apprenticeships. The Daily Journal offers a case against stripping championships away from UNC-Chapel Hill sports teams, even if the school deserves serious penalties.
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
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    Barron’s editorial page editor decries a pharmaceutical monopoly

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s focuses his latest editorial commentary on government policies that limit free-market forces in pharmaceuticals. For more than 50 years, federal and state lawmakers have been fighting “price gouging” in the prescription-drug industry. This slippery term is best defined as “prices higher than my poor,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 14, 2017
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    A key factor in slow GDP growth

    Gene Epstein‘s latest “Economic Beat” column in Barron’s explores causes of sluggish growth in American gross domestic product. When it comes to economic growth, labor productivity isn’t everything—it’s close to being the only thing, to steal a phrase attributed to Vince Lombardi. Labor-productivity growth is also a key…
    Mitch Kokai, August 14, 2017
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    NFIB Asks: Is North Carolina a Model For Reform?

    As our Becki Gray explains, North Carolinians are keeping more of what we earn, thanks to consistent, ongoing tax reform over the last several years. Now the folks at NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) are pointing to the evidence of North Carolina’s stature as a reformer. In…
    Donna Martinez, August 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis’ latest Carolina Journal Online interview features new N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains why changing tastes could overcome campaign cash when it comes to state restrictions on craft brewers.
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2017
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    You Might Be Surprised To Learn The Factors That Impact Unemployment Rates Across N.C.

    When we talk about unemployment, we tend to focus on how to ensure that workers have in-demand skills. But NC State economist Mike Walden has taken a fresh look at factors that influence the varied unemployment rate across our state. In this Carolina Journal Radio interview, he talks…
    Donna Martinez, August 9, 2017
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    Globalization and American workers

    Milton Ezrati explains at National Review Online why globalization doesn’t have to mean bad news for working Americans. No matter how much politicians promise to protect us, technology and globalization will continue to transform the American workplace, driving the U.S. economy to abandon simpler, labor-intensive production processes, turn…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2017
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    Democrats and the white working class

    Joe Queenan reviews for Barron’s a book that attempts to explain how Democrats lost their political stranglehold over the white working class. Law professor Joan C. Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California in San Francisco, not only explains how the…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2017