Questions for GOP Healthcare Reformers

Questions for GOP Healthcare Reformers

Republicans do not yet have a full replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), but the outlines of one are emerging. The Policy Brief on Repeal and Replace issued by House Republicans on February 16 points the way toward a three-tier system. It promises to provide  “coverage protections and peace of mind for […]

What Is Pushing the Oil Prices Down?

What Is Pushing the Oil Prices Down?

photo: Ryan Lackey A new pricing consensus has emerged on the global oil market, spurred by financial and intrinsic factors. The fall in prices for ‘black gold’ has been a key shift in the global oil market in recent years. If, in 2014, the average annual price of a barrel of Brent cost $99, then in […]

Repeal Fuel Economy Standards and Replace Them with a Tax

Repeal Fuel Economy Standards and Replace Them with a Tax

The Wall Street Journal reports that automakers are asking the EPA to repeal automobile fuel economy standards, known as Corporate Average Fleet Economy (CAFE) standards, which are set to rise to 56 miles per gallon by 2025. Repealing the standards would be a good idea, provided they were replaced by tax designed to achieve an […]

What Are Development Corridor Strategies, and Do They Work?

What Are Development Corridor Strategies, and Do They Work?

photo: Marwa Morgan Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “development corridors.” These strategies are guided by the belief that concentrating and co-locating infrastructure investments in specific locations can create clusters of interconnected […]

Creating a Thriving Capitalist Society – Understanding Wages, Poverty, Government, and Business

Creating a Thriving Capitalist Society – Understanding Wages, Poverty, Government, and Business

photo: Aschevogel INTRODUCTION We receive a stream of financial information in the news, with a jumble of statistics and varied interpretations, and this creates a confusing picture that is very challenging to sort out. If the minimum wage is raised, is this an overall good or bad thing? Will it inhibit business? What should we make […]

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What Is Fueling the Ecommerce Boom in China?

What Is Fueling the Ecommerce Boom in China?

photo: JERRYANG China, with its staggering population of over 1.4 billion, has more internet users than any other country in the world. More internet users translates into more ecommerce shoppers, making China the largest and fastest-growing ecommerce market in the world.   With $630 billion in sales in 2015, China’s ecommerce market dwarfs all others, being […]

Is Social Capital the Secret Ingredient for Entrepreneurial Success?

Is Social Capital the Secret Ingredient for Entrepreneurial Success?

Much has been said and written about the spectacular leap in innovation by Chile, Israel, Rwanda, and South Korea. These four very different countries have managed to harness innovation to transform their economies and achieve job creation, increased long-term productivity, and economic growth. What could possibly be the common denominator in their success? Economic studies […]

The Coming Italian or French Phases of Europe’s Economic Crisis

The Coming Italian or French Phases of Europe’s Economic Crisis

Low interest rates, continuing injections of liquidity by the European Central Bank (“ECB”), fiscal stimulus to varying degrees assisted by low government borrowing costs, a fall in the Euro and sharply lower energy prices are hiding deep-seated and unresolved problems in Europe. Despite the ongoing Greek drama which is incapable of resolution, the European crisis […]

CNN’s Sanders-Cruz Healthcare Debate: A Scorecard

CNN’s Sanders-Cruz Healthcare Debate: A Scorecard

CNN, Senator Sanders, and Senator Cruz deserve congratulations for a great town hall. Real focus, real exchange of views, even real agreement now and then on some important ideas. Worth viewing, or if you missed it, worth reading the transcript. Still, articulate and well prepared though the participants were, there were things they should have […]