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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.

More Good News from the Fed

Peter Ireland | 11/23/2014

Minutes from the October meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, made public last week, confirm the bullish tone struck by the shorter policy statement released earlier. While individual members see various risks, particularly from overseas, where the European and Asian economies appear to be weakening, as a group they acknowledged the considerable progress that the U.S. has made in recovering from the financial crisis and severe recession of 2007-2009 and the gathering momentum in various measures of aggregate activity that has appeared most recently. 


Are Democrats Out of Data Analysts?

Scott Winship | 11/20/2014

Ezra Klein recently took up the question of whether the Democratic party is out of ideas. I tend to agree with Yuval Levin that both the Left and the Right haven’t modernized their agendas. But there might be a more pressing problem for Democrats: Are they running out of rigorous, clear-headed data analysts, too?



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An Emerging Consensus: Medicare Advantage Is Working And Can Deliver Meaningful Reform

November 6, 2014

This was originally published in Health Affairs.

European Headwind: ECB Policy and Fed Normalization

Athanasios Orphanides | SOMC | November 3, 2014

It has been five years since the epicenter of the global financial crisis that erupted in late 2008 moved from the United States across the Atlantic.  Since then, while the U.S. economy has enjoyed recovery with steady growth, the euro area economy has languished, going through a double dip slump and currently at risk of falling back to an unprecedented triple dip recession.  The mismanagement of the euro area crisis has converted a relatively small and potentially easily manageable fiscal problem that originated in Greece into a systemic crisis for the euro area as a whole.  

Morning eBriefs

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.


What Is Next for the Fed?

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


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)


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