Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Could Be A Win For Everyone
Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wageto US$15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has thrived.

How To Make Your Online Shopping More Environmentally Friendly

How To Make Your Online Shopping More Environmentally Friendly
Online shopping continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the market value of UK retail was £381 billion of which online transactions made up almost one-fifth. That’s £12.3 billion of grocery items and £58.8 billion of all non-food items purchased online.

The Disaster of Negative of Interest Rates

The Disaster of Negative of Interest Rates
President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives can be better achieved by other means.

How The US Could Afford Medicare For All

How The Us Could Afford Medicare For All
Health care is Americans’ number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic in the Democratic primary.

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?

Are We Ready To Raise Taxes On The Rich?
Economic inequality is high and rising. At the same time, many governments are struggling to balance budgets while maintaining spending for popular programs.

Historically Black Colleges Give Graduates A Wage Boost

In 2010, two economists claimed that graduates of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, suffer a “wage penalty” – that is, they earn relatively less than they would had they gone to a non-HBCU.
In 2010, two economists claimed that graduates of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, suffer a “wage penalty” – that is, they earn relatively less than they would had they gone to a non-HBCU.

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail

US Health Care: An Industry Too Big To Fail
As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that.

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter

More Americans Now See Women As Smarter
Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go

Without Parking, Thousands Of Americans Who Live In Vehicles Have Nowhere To Go
News reports from across America tell of vehicle residents from virtually every background attempting to settle in cities. They find themselves essentially blocked from local communities and social services, because there are few parking spaces to leave their home where it is safe from tickets or from being towed.

Too Much Theory Leads Economists To Bad Predictions

Too Much Theory Leads Economists To Bad Predictions

Whether it was the physicist Niels Bohr or the baseball player Yogi Berra who said it – or, most likely, someone else – it is indeed hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. 

There Is A Monetary Solution To The Climate Crisis

Are We Fiddling While The World Burns, Floods, And Dies?The idea that has been passed around by most conservative and liberal government leaders and representatives is that little can be done for the people because "money" is in short supply.

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

How Charter Schools Exploit A Lucrative Loophole

While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits.

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

Recalls Of Medical Devices And Drugs Are Up

From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

What Exactly Is Meant By A Living Wage?

Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?

Durable Or Recyclable? These Goals Tend To Clash

Durable Or Recyclable? These Goals Tend To Clash

Solar power has seen a boom, but what happens to all the panels in a few decades when they’re no longer useful? And what about electronic devices with even shorter life spans?

This Small Mexican Border Town Prizes Its Human And Environmental Links With The US

This Small Mexican Border Town Prizes Its Human And Environmental Links With The US

The tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen sits nestled between the Sierra del Carmen Mountains and the Rio Grande. Its Chihuahuan Desert location is strikingly beautiful, with green vegetation along the river, the brown soil of the surrounding desert and pink mountain cliffs creating splendid color contrasts.

Why Can't We Fix Our Own Electronic Devices?

Why Can't We Fix Our Own Electronic Devices?Traditionally, when a car breaks down, the solution has been to fix it. Repair manuals, knowledgeable mechanics and auto parts stores make car repairs common, quick and relatively inexpensive.

Why Doing Your Taxes Shouldn't Make You Crazy

Why Doing Your Taxes Shouldn't Make You Crazy

It’s tax time in the U.S., which means Americans and residents are hurriedly poring over paperwork, filling in forms and hoping to file by the April 15 deadline.

One Way To Cut Anxiety

One Way To Cut AnxietyReducing the number of debt accounts lowers the mental burden of people in poverty, research finds.

Is There A Path Forward That Could Help The Poor, Not Harm Them?

Is There A Path Forward That Could Help The Poor, Not Harm Them?

President Trump enthusiastically declared on March 26, 2019, that Republicans will be known as “the party of health care.” He also ordered the Justice Department to defend the ruling of a Texas judge that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety during the appeals process.

There Is An Emissions Inequality Between Global Rich And Poor

There Is An Emissions Inequality Between Global Rich And Poor

American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shook up environmental politics by releasing a broad outline of a Green New Deal – a plan to make the US a carbon-neutral economy in the next ten years, while reducing both poverty and inequality.

Is It False Hope Offered By Talk Of A Living Wage?

Is It False Hope Offered By Talk Of A Living Wage?

One of the claimed benefits of a living wage is that employees will spend most of their extra income, resulting in large increases in national spending, national income, and even the tax take.

How Government Deficits Fund Private Savings

How Government Deficits Fund Private SavingsThe ruling Liberals have tabled another deficit budget. The government debt grows larger. Commentators are wringing their hands and wagging their fingers. The worries are largely based in misrepresentation or ignorance of government debt and money.

The Real Scandal Of American Universities Is Subsidized Privilege

Students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Stanford has a $24 billion endowment.  (the real scandal of american universities is subsidized privilege)Scandal has thrust the troubling inequality of higher education in the U.S. into the spotlight. News media have highlighted how big money donations, sports scholarships, SAT tests and admission consultants can help people game the elite admission system in both legal and illegal ways.

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea

Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea
Ontario Premier Doug Ford may be planning a two-tiered, profit-driven health-care system, according to the Toronto Star. This is clearly the wrong solution to the health-care woes of the province, and the nation as a whole.

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