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America’s Exceptional Labor Force

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Friday, July 13, 2018

America’s economy benefits from its mobile society and dynamic labor force. American rates of mobility are much higher than in other developed countries. And immigrants in America come to work. In fact, workforce participation by immigrants is higher than that of native-born Americans.

America’s Exceptional Work Ethic

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 9, 2018

American workers have always been industrious, leading to long-term growth and prosperity. The American spirit is one of self-reliance and individual drive to improve our financial situation, and it hasn’t wavered much even after centuries of increasing our standard of living. Long-term investments in education and a willingness to move for economic opportunities helped America succeed.

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 9, 2018

America’s history is marked by exceptional economic development and growth. Compared to other countries, the labor market has always been dynamic and robust. Moreover, America’s long history of immigration and assimilation has helped it grow for over two centuries

Why Tax Rate Matters More Than Taxes

by John H. Cochrane via PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Marginal tax rates – how much someone is taxed on the next dollar they earn – affect how much people work, save, and invest. Everyone is affected by their marginal tax rate, and lower marginal tax rates lead to more rapid economic growth.

Reining In The Administrative State

by Adam J. Whitevia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 14, 2018

The administrative state has increasingly grown powerful in day-to-day governance as the Congress, and the judicial branch has voluntarily ceded power over time. As a result, we have seen new regulations with minimum oversight and transparency. While the administrative state is an unavoidable consequence of our complex world, the administrative state must realign its interests with the public and the rule of law.

Building Resilient Infrastructure

by Alice Hillvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

America’s existing infrastructure hasn’t been built to deal with the natural disasters we’ll face this century. New and replacement infrastructure must be built to be resilient to future climate disruptions. While it may sound costly, the return to building resilient infrastructure will save more money in the long run.

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Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson responds to your questions on free market environmentalism.

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Keeping Health Insurance Affordable

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Preventing insurers from pricing premiums based on risk unintentionally increases costs for everyone else in the marketplace. When healthy people refuse to purchase health insurance due to higher costs, it causes insurers to raise prices even further, further disrupting those who are left in the market.

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Falling Short: Social Security, Medicare, And Payroll Taxes

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Many people believe Social Security and Medicare are fully funded by payroll taxes. In reality, both programs are increasingly relying on regular tax revenue and ultimately more federal debt to stay afloat. Unless both programs are put on sustainable fiscal path, their ongoing expansion will crowd out all other government spending.

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Understanding The Unemployment Rate

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The unemployment rate is the percentage of unemployed workers in the total labor force. The economic models utilize the unemployment rate to explain short-term fluctuations and long-term trends, such as job loss and recession. This makes the unemployment rate important as it determines the health of the economy when establishing economic policies.

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Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.


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