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Busting the Myth That Earnings Lag Productivity

e21 | 03/19/2014

One of the most common arguments in favor of “progressive” economic programs, including a higher minimum wage, higher taxes on capital and labor, broader labor market regulation, and expanded overtime pay, is that workers have become more productive but have not received a corresponding rise in wages.

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Democrats don't Practice what They Preach on Minimum Wage

Jared Meyer | 03/13/2014

Once again, congressional leaders are telling Americans to do as they say, not as they do.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over two years and then index the rate to inflation. The act is sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.

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Immigrants Don’t Take Jobs, They Make Them

Jason Russell | 03/12/2014

A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper finds that, out of several possible immigration reforms, increasing the legalization rate for immigrants would create the most jobs. Conversely, deporting additional immigrants would stymie employment growth.

Labor Force Decline Driven by Young, Middle-Aged Workers

e21 | 03/10/2014

Over the past seven years, the civilian labor force participation rate has steadily declined. As of February, the rate stood at 63.0 percent, the same level as 1978 (before the economic boom and movement of women into the labor force during the 1980s).

The labor force decline

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Is Chairman Harkin Exploiting His Unpaid Staff?

Jared Meyer | 03/07/2014

Reasonable people might assume that legislators who support raising the federal minimum wage would pay their employees the current minimum wage of $7.25 or their proposed wage of $10.10. But, once again, congressional leaders are telling Americans to do as they say

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The War on Paul Ryan

Charles Blahous | 03/05/2014

On March 3, 2014 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released a report that was essentially an extensive literature survey on the efficacy of federal anti-poverty programs. The report has stimulated discussion, both favorable and unfavorable, as it should and as was intended.

The Persistent—if Insufficient—American Dream

Scott Winship | 03/03/2014

The intuition that if something is bad it used to be better is completely understandable, but in the case of social mobility, it is probably wrong. Even before a deservedly lauded study by

The ACA Lowers Employment, and that's Terrible News

Charles Blahous | 03/03/2014

On February 4, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that instantly became a focus of intense controversy. The report found that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) would reduce US employment by the equivalent of 2 million full

E21 Asks: Federal Minimum Wage

e21 | 03/03/2014

Last week, we asked e21 readers about their preferred level of the minimum wage. ”None, it should left to the states” was the overwhelming favorite and received 60 percent of the vote. The next most popular choice was “$7.25, the current rate


Minimum Wage Supporters Mischaracterize Its Effects

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | 02/26/2014

As President Obama pushes to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, supporters continue to mischaracterize its effects.

Despite a