Economy (page 90)

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    Barron’s editorial page editor ponders CEOs’ links to Trump

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s assesses the recent controversy involving corporate CEOs and President Trump. When business leaders leap into bed with politicians, they think they will gain influence and respect. Thus, they become members of the oldest profession, and they run the risk of catching a serious social…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2017
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    What About Shareholder Value? JLF’s Jon Pritchett & Duke’s Ed Tiryakian Take On Activist CEOs In Wall Street Journal

    Social justice CEOs should be held accountable for any damage they cause to shareholder value, writes JLF’s Jon Pritchett in the Wall Street Journal. In a piece Jon co-authored with Duke University Professor Ed Tiryakian, the analysts look behind the headlines achieved by CEOs who make decisions based on…
    Donna Martinez, August 18, 2017
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    Feds could address payday lending soon

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on pending federal government action linked to payday loans. Payday industry officials and consumer advocates expect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to finalize sweeping new regulations on payday loans in the next few weeks. Several payday industry lobbyists say they anticipate…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
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    Silicon valley billionaires as ‘robber barons’

    Victor Davis Hanson makes the connection in his latest National Review Online column. The progressive movement took hold in the late 19th century to “trust-bust,” or break up corporations that had cornered the markets in banking, oil, steel, and railroads. Such supposedly foul play had inordinately enriched “robber…
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
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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