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Private-Equity Deals Depress Worker Wages, Study Finds

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Market Watch
Monday, October 14, 2019

Private-equity deals result in worse pay for workers, and, depending on whether the buyout target was public or not, fewer jobs, according to a newly published study. The study of some 6,000 private-equity deals between 1980 and 2013 finds that the average pay per worker falls 1.7% after buyouts.

Analysis and Commentary

Andrew McAfee On More From Less

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 14, 2019

Andrew McAfee of MIT's Sloan School of Management talks about his book, More from Less, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. McAfee argues that technology is helping developed nations use fewer resources in producing higher levels of economic output. The improvement is not just a reduction in energy per dollar of GDP but less energy in total as economic growth progresses. This "dematerialization" portends a future that was unimaginable to the economists and pundits of the past. McAfee discusses the potential for dealing with climate change in a dematerialized world, the non-material aspects of economic progress, and the political repercussions of the current distribution of economic progress.

In the News

Trade Uncertainty Clouds Global Growth Prospects

quoting Steven J. Davisvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 13, 2019

[Subscription Required] Small steps toward a trade truce between China and the U.S. last week likely aren’t enough to diminish uncertainties that are holding back global economic growth. Negotiators agreed to put off a round of U.S. tariff increases set for this week but left undecided what will come of an additional round of tariffs scheduled for December or the tariffs on about $360 billion of imported Chinese goods already in place. 

In the News

India's Fiscal Deficit 'Conceals' A Lot, Warns Raghuram Rajan

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Economic Times (India)
Sunday, October 13, 2019

India's fiscal deficit 'conceals' a lot and is probably pushing Asia's third-largest economy to the brink of a 'worrisome' situation, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has warned. Delivering the OP Jindal lecture at Brown University, Rajan said the uncertainty about the overall economic vision at the top rungs is causing deep distress in the Indian economy.

In the News

The New Trickle-Down Theory Of Economics

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Foundation for Economic Education
Sunday, October 13, 2019

“Trickle-down theory,” where the rich keep their money rather than have it taxed away, is a term created by people suspicious of free markets.

Analysis and Commentary

Friedrich Engels Answers The Question All Libertarians Have Been Asked

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Who will build the roads? Every libertarian I know who has been one for 5 years or more has been asked this question. Our answer is typically that for-profit firms will build roads and that sometimes neighborhood associations will do so.

In the News

Social Security Increase For 2020 Around $24 A Month

quoting Charles Blahousvia News On 6
Friday, October 11, 2019

Almost 70 million retirees will see a 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing for more protection from inflation.

In the News

Trading Silence For Access: The Cost of Doing Business In China

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia US News
Friday, October 11, 2019

Corporate stewardship is easy to execute when the stakes are low. It's easy when there isn't a loser, when the platitudes handed down from the C-suite are feel-good and vague, when foreign officials who control one of the most commercially significant markets on the planet aren't demanding some sort of action or apology, despite their regime's documented history of human rights abuses and trepidation for free speech.

Analysis and Commentary

Chicago Does Not Understand Incentives

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, October 11, 2019

The University of Chicago, that is.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, October 12, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Climate Change Emergency?"

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