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The daily commentary section provides insights on complex issues in a brief and digestible format. Here you can find analysis of changing economic conditions and original perspectives on how the economy is affecting policy debates.

Busting the Flat Tax Fallacy

Joseph Mitrani | 07/07/2015

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul recently unveiled his flat tax proposal. While Paul claims such a simple plan will help expand the American economy, implementing this system will have dynamic effects on the federal budget, both large and small businesses, and most importantly, the American consumer. 

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Shrinking Households Indicate Rising Living Standards

Scott Winship | 07/06/2015

When looking at trends in household income, it is important to adjust incomes for household size when analyzing trends in living standards because households are smaller today than in the past.

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Research

e21 spotlights and directly supports new research that's necessary to develop innovative economic policy solutions for the 21st century. This section highlights in-depth research papers from a range of academics, economists and thinkers across the political spectrum, fostering creative nonpartisan policy solutions to pressing economic concerns.

Whether and How to Adjust Income Trends For Declining Household Size

Scott Winship | July 7, 2015

I recently wrote a scintillating essay on the best way to adjust household income growth to take inflation into account. If you loved that one—and you both know who you are—the next 3,000 words are going to be pure bliss.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdf/RPC%20Testimony%20Meyer.pdf

Millennials and the GOP: The Need to Restore Lost Economic Opportunity to America’s Young

Jared Meyer | Economics21 | June 23, 2015

Testimony Submitted to the House Republican Policy Committee. The political party that can brand itself as the party of entrepreneurs and innovation is the party that will make headway towards claiming the millennial generation. 

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Each weekday morning, e21 delivers a short email that provides a snap shot of the day's economic news. These eBriefs include e21 exclusive commentaries and the latest market news and updates from Washington.

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What Is Next for the Fed?

Caroline Baum and Marvin Goodfriend discuss the Shadow Open Market Committee's core principles and monetary policy.

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Why Your Plan Was Cancelled: Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act

There's a bizarre reason why millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled in 2013 and, as explained in a new video featuring Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, millions more will lose their plans in years to come. 

Insurance coverage for Americans will remain in permanent turmoil because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all plans fit within cookie-cutter designs called "metallic tiers." (The tiers—bronze, silver, gold, and platinum—refer to the percentage of medical expenses a particular plan pays.) The video also explains that families may have to switch plans repeatedly because, as circumstances change, a plan that fits within a tier one year may not fit in any tier in a later year.

Please see Dr. Graboyes’ op-ed on this issue (Under Obamacare, Americans Will Continue to Lose Coverage) http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2014/09/22/under-obamacare-americans-will-continue-to-lose-coverage

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