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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.

The U.S. Can Export Putin To His Knees

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | 07/29/2014

Increasing our exports of liquid natural gas would help Ukraine and our other allies who are dependent on Russia for energy. It would hit Russia where it hurts, in the wallet. It would also help the American economy.

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How Would Paul Ryan's Opportunity Grants Affect Poverty?

Scott Winship | 07/28/2014

In 1996, when President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (better known as “welfare reform”), I was a twenty-three-year-old liberal. After reading a series of ominous predictions about how poor single mothers would fare in the wake of welfare reform, I could not forgive this act of cruelty.

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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.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdfs/JEC.NaturalGasExports062414.pdf

The Benefits of Natural Gas Exports

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | June 24, 2014

Honorable Members of Congress, you could immediately assist Ukraine and other countries by amending the Natural Gas Act to ensure that the Energy Department approves LNG export applications within a short period of time. 

You could also pass legislation allowing LNG to be exported to all World Trade Organization members, irrespective of whether they have free trade agreements with the United States. You could go still further, and cease to require approval for LNG exports.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdfs/JEC.WorkingWomen.061814.pdf

Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee: Empowerment in the Workplace

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | June 18, 2014

Employment for women 16 years and older only reached December 2007 levels (68 million) in January of this year. The slow growth of the economy is reducing employment opportunities for men and women alike. In addition, women face particular barriers to employment in their role as secondary workers and as family caregivers. It is important to make sure that labor markets are flexible so that women can have the choice of jobs that they want.

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