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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

Education Reform That Works

In June, 3.3 million American teenagers will graduate from high school. Just 80 percent of them graduate in four years, a share that declines to 65 percent among African-Americans. Yet in the last 40 years, school funding has exploded. One reason all this spending has not brought better outcomes is that teachers’ unions are more concerned with protecting their members than with helping students.

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How Government Debt Disinherited the Next Generation…and How To Fix It

Burdened with an obligation to pay government debt they did not incur, young Americans – those born between the early 1980s and the beginning of the 21stcentury, or millennials – begin life at least partially robbed of their birthright.

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Employment

How Occupational Licensing Harms the Young

Occupational licensing, the requirement that people pass tests to gain government permission to work, is making it harder for young people to begin their careers. By keeping young people out of certain industries, or by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for them to work, occupational licensing increases costs for all Americans and limit opportunity for those looking to enter the field of their choice.

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You might have to think outside the box as work is scarce

Young people might have to think outside the box as work is scarce. Maximizing job oppurintuies in a sluggish economy may see many graduates becoming their own boss. 

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Energy

Shale 2.0: The Coming Big-Data Revolution in America’s Shale Oil Fields

Legislators have yet to recognize and incorporate into law the far-reaching implications of how the energy landscape has fundamentally changed. U.S. energy law remains anchored in the decades-old paradigm of insatiable U.S. demand and resource shortages. The modern reality has instead utterly reversed, with de minimis growth in U.S. oil demand, exploding global demand, and an ascendant second era of American petroleum production.

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What's in A Price? Less Than You Think

If economists can't differentiate between price changes coming from the supply side versus the demand side when it comes to oil prices—often the source is impossible to ascertain in real time —imagine their confusion when it comes to interest rates. 

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Finance

You might have to think outside the box as work is scarce

Young people might have to think outside the box as work is scarce. Maximizing job oppurintuies in a sluggish economy may see many graduates becoming their own boss. 

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College Grads are Drowning in Student Loan Debt

This month, as 1.8 million newly-minted bachelor’s degrees are handed out, most graduates will be coming off the stage with much more than a fancy piece of paper. Seventy percent will take an average of $27,000 in student loan debt with them as they try to build their careers after college.

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Healthcare

Obamacare Is a Horror Story for Young Americans

Higher premiums, impenetrable bureaucracy -- where's the upside? Obamacare has enmeshed many Americans in a bureaucratic nightmare. 

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How Government Debt Disinherited the Next Generation…and How To Fix It

Burdened with an obligation to pay government debt they did not incur, young Americans – those born between the early 1980s and the beginning of the 21stcentury, or millennials – begin life at least partially robbed of their birthright.

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Regulation

How Occupational Licensing Harms the Young

Occupational licensing, the requirement that people pass tests to gain government permission to work, is making it harder for young people to begin their careers. By keeping young people out of certain industries, or by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for them to work, occupational licensing increases costs for all Americans and limit opportunity for those looking to enter the field of their choice.

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LA Cuts Off the First Rung of Its Economic Ladder

If Los Angeles insists on raising the minimum wage, it should exempt workers 22 and younger. Otherwise, the higher minimum will price teens and students out of jobs and prevent them from getting valuable work experience.

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