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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.

Labor Department Should Not Block the Flexible Future of Work

Jared Meyer | 11/25/2015

“Freedom, flexibility, and mobility.” This is how former Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) Elaine L. Chao described the future of work at an American Action Forum conference last week. While calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage or paid parental leave receive far more attention from the press, Chao’s push for an individualized labor force is the real path to a 21st Century workplace.


Princeton Students Stand Up to Political Correctness

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | 11/24/2015

While students from Yale University in Connecticut to Claremont McKenna in California are protesting, demanding more cultural sensitivity, safe spaces and trigger warnings, some students at Princeton University in New Jersey are fighting back.



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Embracing the Millennial American Dream: Testimony Before the Joint Economic Committee

Jared Meyer | Economics21 | November 18, 2015

Millennials have been called the most entrepreneurial generation. While this may be true based on their desires to start businesses and their near-universal respect for entrepreneurs, few young Americans have followed through on their entrepreneurial dreams. This should not be surprising. Government policy, particularly in regards to regulation, is stuck in the 20th century and continues to hold back economic opportunity.

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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