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Weekend News & Commentary — September 16-17, 2017

Published September 17th, 2017 -

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell synthesizes data challenging the notion that globalization and manufacturing’s decline explain President Trump’s electoral victory.  When controlling for demographic factors, Mr. Trump was only three percent more popul... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2017

Published August 16th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported that four members of Teamsters Local 25 were acquitted of all charges by a jury in federal court in Boston.  The Teamsters had each been charged with a single count of conspiracy to extort and a single count of attempted ex... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2017

Published July 25th, 2017 -

A New York Times piece covers the impact of drug tests (and drugs) on the economy.  In particular, it profiles various manufacturing companies in the Midwest, revealing the challenges they face filling jobs due to the proportion of applicants who fail drug tes... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2017

Published May 16th, 2017 -

Noncompete agreements — once limited to senior executives — are now a widespread practice, locking in almost one fifth of American workers.  This includes low-wage workers at fast-food chains and factories.  A recent report from The New York Times revealed how... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 15, 2017

Published May 15th, 2017 -

The New York Times describes in a feature how the Iranian economy has created serious unpredictability for individuals seeking jobs. The only stable jobs are in government, yet older individuals who currently have these jobs have stuck around; when they refrai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 4, 2017

Published May 4th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that Apple plans to create a $1 billion fund for the advancement of manufacturing jobs in the United States. In an interview with CNBC, Apple’s chief executive Timothy D. Cook noted, “Those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around ... More »

Today's News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 17, 2017

Published April 17th, 2017 -

Why don’t all jobs matter? The provocative question is posed by Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times. Krugman questions why so much focus is on mining and manufacturing jobs, when the service sector—a much bigger slice of the economy—is dwindling. He points ... More »