featuring Joshua D. Rauhvia Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Monday, July 22, 2019
A new study, coauthored by Hoover Institution fellow and Stanford Graduate School of Business Finance Professor Joshua D. Rauh, offers a solid answer to what happens to local jobs when state taxes go up: Hiking the state corporate tax rate just one percentage point, say, from 6% to 7%, will indeed spur some companies to pull up stakes and take jobs with them.
There are now five Democratic presidential candidates who appear to have separated from the original field of 25: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris, who has made a significant move in the polls since her performance in the first Democratic debate.
Last week, Harris moved slightly ahead of Biden, 23 percent to 21 percent, in one highly respected poll. This same poll found Harris ahead of Trump, 49 percent to 41 percent, if the election were to be held now.
Advocates of Social Security expansion have declared their intention to move the “Social Security 2100 Act” through the House of Representatives before August recess. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Larson (D., Conn.), has more than 200 co-sponsors.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives recently passed legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.50 to $15 nationwide. While that might sound good to some, the reality is that such an increase may put up to 3.7 million people out of work, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The market value of government debt equals the present discounted value of primary surpluses. Applying present value decompositions from asset pricing to this valuation equation, I find that half of the variation in the market value of debt to GDP ratio corresponds to varying forecasts of future primary surpluses, and half to varying discount rates. Variation in expected growth rates is unimportant.
Recently, I argued that much of the progress of the No Child Left Behind era may have stemmed from the dramatically declining child poverty rates of the 1990s. But much does not mean all. Other things were happening back then, too, things that deserve at least some of the credit—namely more education reform and more education resources. Let’s look at the evidence for both.
Hoover Institution fellow Eric Hanushek discusses a number of topics including: common misconceptions for improving US schools, the culture war within public schools, the impact of a child’s family life on education, and the correlation between a teacher’s pay and the quality of education.
Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan says trade friction between the US and China and the prospects of Brexit have helped damage business confidence, but it was not clear yet whether this would lead to a recession.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., called for a federal minimum wage of $20 per hour at an event in Detroit on Sunday night, prompting mockery from conservatives and threatening to force mainline Democrats in the 2020 presidential race to address the issue in upcoming debates.
Bernie Sanders has some well-earned egg on his face after he cut campaign employees’ hours in order to meet their demands for a $15 an hour wage. The move isn’t surprising to anyone with a basic grasp of how economics works. Mandating a higher wage doesn’t mean that the resources to pay for it are magically going to appear. It’s the same reason why the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the recent $15 minimum wage bill passed by the House could kill almost 4 million jobs.
Black-hat hackers are increasingly targeting schools across America. But that could be by accident, say experts in Arkansas, who question whether the trend -- if there is one -- has reached Arkansas. "It's interesting that they're getting down to the schools," said Elizabeth Bowles, president and CEO of Aristotle Unified Communications in Little Rock.
This is the text of an open letter signed by more than 60 prominent Europeans, all Council Members of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), calling on the new EU leadership team, who will take over in late 2019, to understand the challenge that confronts them and receive the tools they need from EU governments to change Europe’s approach to foreign policy.