Finance & Economics

Does America deserve a raise? Everything you need to know about the minimum wage.

The story of the minimum wage in six graphs. This is the first installment of our weeklong series on the minimum wage.

The Real Green Movement?: Taxation’s Impact on Fracking

New research looks at local governments’ willingness to ban hydraulic fracturing based on their potential revenue.

Reevaluating Openness to Trade: Estimating the True Potential Gains from the Service Industry

New research finds that potential welfare gains from trade liberalization are likely highly underestimated because international trade statistics fail to capture the true economic impact of tradable services.

Policy Radio | Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer on Addressing the Challenges of Vacant Properties

This week, Julie Cooper speaks with Cook County’s 10th District Commissioner Bridget Gainer about vacant properties in Cook County, the role of the Cook County Land Bank in dealing with those properties, and what opportunities the County has to adapt its residential land use to current demographic trends.

The Estrogen Empire: Mayor Freeman-Wilson on Women in Politics

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaks candidly about underrepresentation of women in politics, what it really takes to run for office, and shares the best career advice she ever received.

Do Employers Care About Potential Employees’ Long-term Unemployment Spells?

Long-term unemployment spells do not influence employers’ hiring decisions according to new research in the American Economic Review.

The Business Roundtable: Viewpoints on US Economic Policy from America’s Leading Business Association

BRT President John Engler shares his views on the tax code, international trade, environmental regulations, and the Affordable Care Act.

Pakistan’s Economy: Fighting More than One War

Pakistan’s top economist, Dr. Mushtaq Khan, talks about the economy’s struggle with the war on terror, energy crisis, and fiscal mismanagement.

Ms. Mayor: The Impact of Female Leaders on Social Welfare Spending in Cities

Recent research reveals a positive relationship between female mayors and funding for social welfare programs.

Immigration Makes Economic Sense, Say Researchers

Study shows how the positive impact of immigration extends beyond the traditional services sector.

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