The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends: A Bad Marriage of Two Good Ideas?

The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends: A Bad Marriage of Two Good Ideas?

As a firm supporter of both carbon taxes and a universal basic income (UBI), you would think that I would be thrilled by the new report, The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends, released Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC).  It puts a price on carbon like a good carbon tax should, and it gives […]

Deplorables Didn’t Elect Trump, Jams Did

Deplorables Didn’t Elect Trump, Jams Did

photo: Gage Skidmore Hillary Clinton famously characterized Donald Trump’s voters as a “basket of deplorables,” but she was wrong. Our friends, the British, have figured it out: Trump was elected not by deplorables, but by jams. “Jams,” short for “Just About Managing,” is the new term has swept British political discourse. They are defined as a […]

One Chart Shows Why the Odds Keep RisingThat the Fed Will Raise Rates

One Chart Shows Why the Odds Keep RisingThat the Fed Will Raise Rates

photo: Kurtis Garbutt Will policymakers at the Fed raise interest rates at their December meeting? Wall Street  oddsmakers increasingly think they will. One simple chart shows why. The chart tracks the economy’s progress toward the central  bank’s target of “stable prices and maximum employment.”  The Fed’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has operated under this […]

Trade and Jobs: Why the Protectionist Cure Could be Worse Than the Globalization Disease

Trade and Jobs: Why the Protectionist Cure Could be Worse Than the Globalization Disease

photo: Steven Straiton Dramatic promises to restrict international trade were a signature element of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. So far, he seems to be following through, with an early reaffirmation of his intent to withdraw US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). An aggressive stance on trade played a key role in gaining the support of […]

A Lesson in Unintended Consequences: How Clinton’s Policies Would Raise Effective Tax Rates for the Middle Class

A Lesson in Unintended Consequences: How Clinton’s Policies Would Raise Effective Tax Rates for the Middle Class

photo: Marc Nozell Hillary Clinton is often said to be a policy wonk, deeply enmeshed in specifics and details, but that may be a mischaracterization. In some ways, her approach seems disturbingly superficial, skipping one perceived problem to another with little attention to their underlying causes. In some cases, Clinton seems to have paid little attention […]

How Occupational Licensing Undermines Labor Fluidity

How Occupational Licensing Undermines Labor Fluidity

photo: yy yeung A healthy economy requires a fluid labor market. Even when total employment and output are stable, the labor market is in constant motion. Jobs disappear when firms close or downsize. Other jobs appear when new firms open or old ones expand. People move freely from one job to another in search of career […]

What Does the Unemployment Rate Measure? Labor Market Slack or the Social Stress of Joblessness? Why Does it Matter?

What Does the Unemployment Rate Measure? Labor Market Slack or the Social Stress of Joblessness? Why Does it Matter?

photo: Rui Duarte The unemployment rate published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is one of the most widely watched of all economic indicators. But why? What does it really measure? The news media, politicians, and voters tend to see the unemployment rate as an index of the social stress of joblessness. There is ample […]

Voters are Angry about Free Trade. What is the Right Policy Response?

The two most watched candidates of this presidential election season, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have put anger over the effects of free trade at the center of their campaigns. In doing so, they have won millions of votes. Many of the arguments they use in their stump speeches are overly simplistic, but the anger […]

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