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At e21, we use a broad definition of “economic policy.” Our analysis covers both macro and micro issues across a variety of policy areas, including the budget, national debt, financial markets, banking, housing, health care, infrastructure, and entitlements – just to name a few.

Budget

Sorry NYT, the Medicare Cost Problem Remains Unsolved

On August 28 the New York Times published a provocative article entitled “Medicare: Not Such a Budget Buster Anymore.” Its thesis was that Medicare no longer poses the budgetary threat it was projected to just a few years ago. However, the financial problems caused by rising Medicare spending are far from solved. 

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Another Indictment of U.S. Corporate Taxes

In their new release, the "2014 International Tax Competitiveness Index," Kyle Pomerleau and Andrew Lundeen of the Tax Foundation provide a holistic view of the 34 OECD countries' business tax systems. Their conclusion: in terms of its corporate tax rate, the United States has little to celebrate.

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Employment

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Many protesters marching near Times Square in New York City yesterday were organized by worker centers, which employ publicists to carefully craft messages and talking points. Fast-food workers are asking for a 100% pay raise. Instead of a spontaneous uprising, the strikes are more about style than substance.

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What to Look For In Friday's Unemployment Report

The Fed's actions in September will be influenced by the numbers that come out on Friday. Look behind the headlines, and judge for yourselves.

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Energy

LNG Exports Are a Win For All Concerned

Bipartisanship in Washington is not quite dead. Republicans and Democrats both praised the Department of Energy's approval of two new liquid natural gas export projects. Speeding up exports would be a win for America and a win for Europe.

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Beyond the Protests: Fracking in the UK

Fracking can deliver affordable energy, economic growth, energy security, and job opportunities to the UK. Despite the claims of overzealous environmentalists, this is what most people want. 

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Finance

My Response to NYT Columnist Krugman

On Friday, several friends told me that Krugman had criticized my published 

comments on inflation written several years ago. My position is this: yes, inflation is delayed, but the risk remains high. 

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Measuring Regulation

How many regulations are there? Which industries have to jump through the most regulatory hoops? Which government agencies are most likely to pass new rules? 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently rolled out RegData 2.0 to try to answer these questions.

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Healthcare

Sorry NYT, the Medicare Cost Problem Remains Unsolved

On August 28 the New York Times published a provocative article entitled “Medicare: Not Such a Budget Buster Anymore.” Its thesis was that Medicare no longer poses the budgetary threat it was projected to just a few years ago. However, the financial problems caused by rising Medicare spending are far from solved. 

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Under Affordable Care Act, Minimum Wage Hike Discourages Work

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will leave many full-time workers ineligible for Medicaid. Why do we design welfare programs to discourage work?

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Regulation

Measuring Regulation

How many regulations are there? Which industries have to jump through the most regulatory hoops? Which government agencies are most likely to pass new rules? 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently rolled out RegData 2.0 to try to answer these questions.

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What Washington Can Learn From Apple

As those in Washington debate how to get the economy growing faster than an anemic two percent, they should be looking back  to the sector of the economy that has been driving innovation—technology, epitomized by Silicon Valley. And what company is more synonymous with Silicon Valley than Apple?

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