Economic Education, Unemployment
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Maybe Bosses Do Wear Bunny Slippers

– April 3, 2019

There are some clear advantages to the gig economy, for both workers who have specialized skills and for companies trying to remain small and nimble.

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Unemployment
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The Job Guarantee Strikes Back

– March 8, 2019

Economist John Miller of Wheaton College wrote a sharp critique this week of my work on the job guarantee. I was pleased to see it. In nearly five months, Miller is the first economist on the left to respond on the basis of economics rather than retreating to blanket declarations that job-guarantee opponents are either nefarious or uninformed.

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Economic Growth, Immigration, Socialism, Unemployment
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The Labor Shortage Is Acute in Many Industries

– February 20, 2019

The data alone tell the story no one wants to hear. Continued economic growth does not so much allow as require the inclusion – indeed the expansion – of the number of undocumented immigrants on American employment rolls.

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Regulation, Socialism, Unemployment
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The Downsides and Dangers of Mission Making

– January 29, 2019

Mission making turns economic decision-making into a political conflict of interest groups possessing bargaining power in the halls of government to determine what gets done, in what ways, and for whose benefit.

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Cost of Living, Poverty, Taxes, Unemployment
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A Bona Fide Tax Revolt in France

– November 26, 2018

Politicians and activists who blithely maintain that public support for lofty climate change projects is both bottomless and selfless are either obtuse or tacitly agitating for tyranny.

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Unemployment
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The Real Path to Lower Unemployment

– October 29, 2018

There are ways to not just create jobs but empower people to do work of greater value.

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Regulation, Research Studies, Unemployment
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The Job Guarantee: A Critical Analysis (Executive Summary)

– October 18, 2018

A federal job guarantee would be monumentally expensive, return only limited value from the participants’ work, entail administrative challenges nearly impossible to solve, and be potentially disastrous for economic growth and the private labor market.

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Cost of Living, Minimum Wage, Unemployment
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Your First Job: Real Costs of the Minimum Wage

– September 25, 2018

The minimum wage is only the most visible portion of what quickly amounts to a vast array of considerable, often unseen costs. 

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Inflating, Unemployment
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Revenge of the Zombies, Part 2

– May 30, 2018

Some Keynesians argue that today’s combination of low inflation and unemployment contradicts the natural-rate hypothesis. But is the labor market really as robust as they claim?

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Poverty, Unemployment
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Proposed Federal Jobs Guarantee Is Too Big to Exist

– May 4, 2018

The federal jobs guarantee, as spelled out in Democratic policy circles, would arguably be the largest public intervention in the economy in American history.

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