Economy (page 9)

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    Radical economics undergirding Warren, Sanders plans

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the controversial economics that supports campaign plans for leading progressive presidential candidates. Two controversial economists have played a major role in the 2020 Democratic primary with Senators Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) each trumpeting major…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    California wants to put freelancers out of work

    Bonnie Kristian writes for The Week about the unintended negative consequences of a new California law. If I lived in California, I’d be staring down unemployment. A new law governing freelance work was signed into law late last month. It isn’t scheduled to take effect until January, but…
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Senate could take up the governor’s budget veto override this evening. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the link between higher economic output and higher incomes.  …
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    The future of American ties to China

    Ben Weingarten asks in a Federalist column whether now is the time for the American government to cut ties with its communist Chinese counterpart. Perhaps the most momentous part of the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS) was its acknowledgment that the U.S. government’s historical premise “that support…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    Yet Another Study Showing that Occupational Licensing Laws Hurt workers and Consumers

    The paper is “A Welfare Analysis of Occupational Licensing in U.S. States” by Morris M. Kleiner & Evan J. Soltas. Here’s the abstract: We assess the welfare consequences of occupational licensing for workers and consumers. We estimate a model of labor market equilibrium in which…
    Jon Guze, October 22, 2019
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    US soda taxes do little outside Philadelphia

    John Cawley and David Frisvold have become the leading authorities on soda taxes. In their current working paper with David Jones, they compare results in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Philadelphia’s tax “decreased purchases by 27.7 percent,” but the authors “do not find impacts of the taxes in the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 21, 2019
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    Forbes contends Democratic presidential candidates ‘don’t get it’

    Steve Forbes argues in the latest issue of Forbes magazine that leading Democratic presidential candidates fail to understand wealth. The publication of our “rich list” will fan the fevers of plundering politicians, especially those “soak the rich” Democratic presidential candidates looking for seemingly easy sources of loot to…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019