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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

No, the Rich Are Not Taking All of the Economic Pie (In 8 Charts)

Let’s stipulate that income inequality is at staggering levels in the U.S., and that income concentration at the top has probably risen (probably). But is it true that the rich have “devoured the American economy”, that they have “conquered” it, or that “the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie—they’re taking all of it”?

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Federal Workers Are Rewarded When They Waste Your Money

The federal government's fiscal year ends on September 30, concluding the month-long spending spree known as "use it or lose it" season in Washington--resulting in a slew of questionable purchases this month. There should be a way to save last-minute unspent dollars, rather than spending them.

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Employment

No, the Rich Are Not Taking All of the Economic Pie (In 8 Charts)

Let’s stipulate that income inequality is at staggering levels in the U.S., and that income concentration at the top has probably risen (probably). But is it true that the rich have “devoured the American economy”, that they have “conquered” it, or that “the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie—they’re taking all of it”?

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Jeffrey Zeldman/CC

Northern Virginia is growing, and its transportation infrastructure should grow with it. However, there are better, cheaper alternatives to the $5.7 billion Silver Line, and the savings can be used in many more productive ways. 

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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

Secular Growth, Not Stagnation

Long historical experience suggests that for the United States, average growth between 3 percent and 3.25 percent per year will remain the norm. And given the amount of resource underutilization that remains pervasive throughout the economy today, near-term growth rates well above that long-term average remain clear possibilities. 

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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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Healthcare

Women, get real: Here’s the new feminists’ manifesto

This week marks the launch of Lean Together, a 221-page book that presents an economic agenda for women’s advancement. Hadley Heath Manning, IWF’s director of health policy, said: “The government is telling women that they are not capable of making a wide range of decisions." Stand up, be heard and do things for yourself is the message.

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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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Regulation

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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