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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.

Inequality Does Not Reduce Prosperity

Scott Winship | 10/29/2014

Since the Great Recession, inequality has loomed large in policy debates in the United States and around the world. Losses from the recession and the slow pace of recovery since have fueled concerns that inequality is not simply unfair but harmful. 

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D.C. Leads the Way with New Ridesharing Bill

Jared Meyer | 10/29/2014

Uber and other ridesharing services do not own the cars their drivers use. Rather, they provide the technological platform and support to connect drivers and riders.

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e21 spotlights and directly supports new research that's necessary to develop innovative economic policy solutions for the 21st century. This section highlights in-depth research papers from a range of academics, economists and thinkers across the political spectrum, fostering creative nonpartisan policy solutions to pressing economic concerns.

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/e21_01.pdf

Inequality Does Not Reduce Prosperity: A Compilation of the Evidence Across Countries

Scott Winship | October 29, 2014

My findings cast doubt on claims that rising inequality is responsible for slowed income growth in America—and they suggest that attempts to reduce income inequality, in the U.S. and elsewhere, may not produce higher living standards among the poor and the middle class.

http://www.economics21.org/files/pdf/Nothing%20Unpatriotic%20About%20Doughnuts%20to%20Dollars.pdf

Nothing Unpatriotic About Doughnuts to Dollars

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | Tax Analysts | September 15, 2014

Obama can threaten corporations ad infinitum, but he can only stop inversions by encouraging Congress to reform the code so that U.S. multinationals have the same tax and investment advantages as foreign ones. By inverting, corporations are only acting in their best interests and in the interests of their shareholders, and they should be praised for doing that.

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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.

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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) http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2014/09/22/under-obamacare-americans-will-continue-to-lose-coverage

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