Jobs and economy (page 3)

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    The impact of Trump tariffs

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s tallies the toll of trade disputes led by President Trump. The tab for tariffs continues to rise, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding another 3% in its sixth straight losing week, which was highlighted by President Donald Trump’s new threat to impose tariffs…
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2019
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    Trump, tariffs, and farmers

    Editors at the Washington Examiner take aim at President Trump’s support for protectionist tariffs. “I appreciate the incredible bipartisan support that my administration has had on trade and trade policy, especially as it pertains to placing very massive tariffs on China,” President Trump said at his press conference…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2019
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    Misreading minimum wage research

    Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg that advocates of a $15 minimum wage ought to take another look at the research literature. Several Democratic presidential candidates explicitly support a $15 national minimum wage. A bill that would legislate this has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors in the House of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 28, 2019
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    Barron’s columnist probes economic expansion history

    Matthew Klein of Barron’s examines prospects for the American economic expansion to continue. In just a few months, the current expansion could soon become the longest in American history, beating the previous record from March 1991 to March 2001. That’s not necessarily good news. The risk of recession…
    Mitch Kokai, May 28, 2019
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    Shocker! #MeToo movement makes male bosses afraid to meet with female employees

    Emily Jashinsky writes for the Federalist about one negative consequence of the #MeToo movement. In October, two years will have passed since Harvey Weinstein’s downfall broke the Me Too dam, inviting a surge of revelations about powerful men—some overdue, others undue—into the media spotlight. By the time one…
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2019
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    Booming Economy = Labor Shortage = Innovative Pay Model

    The typical American worker is paid by his/her employer every two weeks or perhaps once a month. But the fast food restaurant industry is innovating in order to attract workers who have myriad options thanks to our incredibly low unemployment rate. Bloomberg reports: Restaurant chains are pulling out all…
    Donna Martinez, May 20, 2019
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    The minimum wage hurts ex-cons, teens, and African-Americans

    That’s the assessment Bill Wirtz offers of the government-mandated minimum wage in a column for the Foundation for Economic Education. For labor unions and politicians, increasing the minimum wage is an easy sell: Once instituted, the hourly minimum rate can be gradually elevated at no expense to the…
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on criticism of solar energy output ratings. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the link between economic freedom and business development.
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2019