In his new book, The Complacent Class, Tyler Cowen re-emphasizes the role of economists in perpetuating pessimism. By connecting a slew of dismal trends backed by hard (and shaky) data, he offers a rationale behind the low levels of productivity, decreased economic mobility and low levels of economic growth. He categorizes the factors that make us seemingly FKD.
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As payday lenders and check-cashing stores continue to feel the wrath of government regulation, it’s important to understand why they exist in the first place. Continue reading “Payday Loans Filling the Void”
To update, the Fed has increased the fed funds rate 25 basis points to 1 percent as of March 15. Read more here. Continue reading “The Silver Fox Gets Us Ready For A Rate Hike”
Though it doesn’t paint the whole picture, financial capital represents a whole lot of the influence behind economic mobility. The last, and most obvious, installment in our analysis of economic capital’s effect on realizing the American Dream explores financial capital. Continue reading “Financial Capital: Moving Up The Ladder In The Modern Economy”
Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if a new regulation is put in place to ensure safety or to make it difficult for competitors to compete in the same market. In the case of Michigan’s unprecedented rules on self-driving vehicles, General Motor’s involvement is not making it any easier. Continue reading “Safety Or Crony: General Motor’s Attempt To Lay Out The Rules”
While Republicans in Congress duke it out over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, we can take matters into our own hands by making use of a hidden gem: the health savings account. Continue reading “Economic Prescription: The Health Savings Account”
The student loan debt crisis is not exclusive to Gen Y. A new report claims that of the student loans taken out by folks over the age of 60, 40 percent of them are in default. This will turn out to have some serious implications for not only their well-being but for Gen Y’s ability to become economically mobile in the future. Continue reading “Our Parents And Grandparents Are Sharing The Struggle With Student Loans”