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    Footnote Failure: Gap Between Productivity and Pay Is Overstated

      Paul Krugman and many others argue that compensation has not grown as fast as productivity. However, most of the apparent gap between the growth of pay and the growth of productivity is a statistical illusion. On the surface, the numbers appear to show pay and productivity diverging. Hourly wages … More

    This Just In: Obamacare Distorts Markets

    A working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) evaluated the effect of a large disenrollment in the Medicaid population in Tennessee. The results of this paper are not unexpected: People who value health care will find a way to obtain it. In the case of … More

    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    Part-Time America: Some Context, Please

    File this under “Department of Exaggerated Statistics.” In the wake of the news that a temporary help agency became America’s second-largest employer, stories have appeared claiming that enormous numbers of Americans work in temp help jobs. On Sunday, the Associated Press reported: Hiring is exploding in the one corner of … More

    National Employee Freedom Week: Informing Workers of Their Rights

    Rob Brough and John Cress are public school teachers in Pennsylvania. When they wanted to quit their teachers union because of its increasing politicization, they found out they had to continue to pay dues. Their union claimed that a “maintenance of membership” clause forbade them from leaving the union except … More

    What Miss Utah Should Have Said

    Miss Utah made headlines and lit up Twitter feeds with her infamous answer at the Miss USA Pageant. The judge asked Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, the following: “In 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this … More

    Obama’s “War on Coal” Hits American Families Hard

    Regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and the Department of Labor have been labeled President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” A more precise label would be a “war on American families, businesses, and jobs.” Unnecessarily and artificially eliminating coal as a reliable, affordable energy source … More

    National Labor Relations Board Smacked Down in Court Once Again

    This week, a federal appellate court struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “poster rule,” finding that the agency does not have the authority to issue such a rule. The poster rule requires more than 6 million employers to post notices at work informing employees of their rights under … More

    Labor: D.C. Circuit Strikes Down NLRB Poster Rule

    On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule that required more than 6 million employers to post certain types of notices at work informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. While notifying employees … More

    Expected Run on High-Skilled Visas Another Reminder of Needed Reform

    The fate of many high-skilled workers seeking to come and work in the U.S. may be left up to luck of the draw this year. On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a popular high-skilled worker visa, known as the H-1B. By Friday, the agency … More