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At e21, we use a broad definition of “economic policy.” Our analysis covers both macro and micro issues across a variety of policy areas, including the budget, national debt, financial markets, banking, housing, health care, infrastructure, and entitlements – just to name a few.

Budget

Legalize Marijuana, Then Just Say No

The trend towards legalization is growing. What could be a better place than our nation’s capital to bring the debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana to center stage?

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Obamaphones: Corporate Welfare Gone Mobile

Some telecom companies are mobilizing political marketing machines in Washington to silence discussion on eliminating Lifeline, which has grown into a billion-dollar fiasco. Lifeline has been used as a corporate welfare fund for years while masquerading as an aid program for the poor. It is far from heartless for politicians to oppose it. 

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Employment

Has Inequality Driven a Wedge Between Productivity and Compensation Growth?

The charts used to demonstrate the supposed breakdown obscure the reality that productivity and hourly compensation continue to track each other. There are six rules for getting this depiction correct.

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5 reasons Janet Yellen shouldn’t focus on income inequality

Since 1970, income inequality has increased for a number of reasons that should not concern Janet Yellen.

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Energy

5 reasons to counter climate-change regulation

Costly U.S. measures to influence climate change are unlikely to achieve their objective. Instead, they will slow the economy, reducing job opportunities and mobility, and increasing inequality.

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Time for Wind to Stand on Its Own

As the comptroller and chief financial officer of Texas, I worry about energy policy choices by policymakers that can have significant and adverse consequences. It seems to me that it is time for wind energy to stand on its own towers.

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Finance

5 reasons Janet Yellen shouldn’t focus on income inequality

Since 1970, income inequality has increased for a number of reasons that should not concern Janet Yellen.

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The Fed’s Inflection Point

The Federal Reserve has reached an inflection point. As they complete the last rounds of their bond-buying programs, Federal Open Market Committee members must now decide how quickly to bring short-term interest rates back to more normal levels from their current settings of near zero.

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Healthcare

CDC Ebola Hospital Ward

Federal agencies clamoring for more funding to fight the Ebola outbreak are taking a page from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s playbook: they are not letting a serious crisis go to waste. 

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Regulation

Legalize Marijuana, Then Just Say No

The trend towards legalization is growing. What could be a better place than our nation’s capital to bring the debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana to center stage?

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CDC Ebola Hospital Ward

Federal agencies clamoring for more funding to fight the Ebola outbreak are taking a page from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s playbook: they are not letting a serious crisis go to waste. 

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