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Issues


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

"Just Say Yes" to Making Marijuana Legal

Everyone knows marijuana use carries risks and is potentially harmful. But does that mean governments should spend valuable resources policing its use and putting people in jail?

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Legalize Marijuana, Then Just Say No

The trend towards legalization is growing. What could be a better place than our nation’s capital to bring the debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana to center stage?

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Employment

Has Inequality Driven a Wedge Between Productivity and Compensation Growth?

The charts used to demonstrate the supposed breakdown obscure the reality that productivity and hourly compensation continue to track each other. There are six rules for getting this depiction correct.

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5 reasons Janet Yellen shouldn’t focus on income inequality

Since 1970, income inequality has increased for a number of reasons that should not concern Janet Yellen.

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Energy

5 reasons to counter climate-change regulation

Costly U.S. measures to influence climate change are unlikely to achieve their objective. Instead, they will slow the economy, reducing job opportunities and mobility, and increasing inequality.

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Time for Wind to Stand on Its Own

As the comptroller and chief financial officer of Texas, I worry about energy policy choices by policymakers that can have significant and adverse consequences. It seems to me that it is time for wind energy to stand on its own towers.

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Finance

Mr. Market Withholds His Approval

Every year, economists put pen to paper and make projections for the next 12 months. In addition to forecasts for real GDP growth, inflation and consumer spending, they look into their crystal ball to determine what the Federal Reserve will do with its benchmark rate and what long-term interest rates will do in response.

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5 reasons Janet Yellen shouldn’t focus on income inequality

Since 1970, income inequality has increased for a number of reasons that should not concern Janet Yellen.

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Healthcare

CDC Ebola Hospital Ward

Federal agencies clamoring for more funding to fight the Ebola outbreak are taking a page from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s playbook: they are not letting a serious crisis go to waste. 

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Regulation

"Just Say Yes" to Making Marijuana Legal

Everyone knows marijuana use carries risks and is potentially harmful. But does that mean governments should spend valuable resources policing its use and putting people in jail?

Read more...
Legalize Marijuana, Then Just Say No

The trend towards legalization is growing. What could be a better place than our nation’s capital to bring the debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana to center stage?

Read more...

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