Mexicans Are Migrating, Just Not Across The US Border

Mexicans Are Migrating, Just Not Across The US BorderMexican migration to the U.S. is in decline. The Pew Hispanic Research Center has found that since 2009, more than one million native-born Mexicans living in the U.S. returned to Mexico.

A Philosophical Critique Of Libertarian Economics

A Philosophical Critique Of Libertarian EconomicsThe focus of my research as a political philosopher is on matters of economic justice. I ask questions such as: Are markets consistent with justice? Is freedom enhanced through economic exchange? If so, why, and if not, why not?

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to overthrow the Washington establishment, but this recent populist surge is certainly not the country’s first.

Why The Deportation Of Illegal Immigrates Is One Giant Economic Screwup

Why The Deportation Of Illegal Immigrates Is One Giant Economic ScrewupUS President-elect Donald Trump has proposed deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, which proved appealing to large blocs of US voters in key states. Many voters appear to believe that deportingc would boost job opportunities and wages for US workers.

Will A President Trump Return To The Wild West Days Of Banking

Will A President Trump Return To The Wild West Days Of BankingA stream of commentary has set out to explain the electoral success of Donald Trump as a reaction to globalisation and neoliberalism. It points to a thread of populist anti-capitalism running from the President-elect to Bernie Sanders.

China Grapples With The Mixed Blessing Of A Trump Victory

China Grapples With The Mixed Blessing Of A Trump VictoryDonald Trump’s rise to the presidency was followed with amazement and apprehension across East Asia. China in particular was on tenterhooks – and now it needs to figure out what to do.

What Donald Trump's Means For The Economy And Business

What Donald Trump's Means For The Economy And BusinessDonald Trump stunned the polls and the pundits to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. So what will his victory mean for the economy, businesses and financial markets? We asked four economic writers to weigh in.

How To Teach Literacy So No Child Is Left Behind

How To Teach Literacy So No Child Is Left BehindChildren who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling are typically destined to a school career of educational failure, because reading underpins almost all subsequent learning.

Here's Why Daylight Saving Time Isn't Worth The Trouble It Causes

Here's Why Daylight Saving Time Isn't Worth The Trouble It CausesToday the sun is shining during my commute home from work. But this weekend, public service announcements will remind us to “fall back,” ending daylight saving time (DST) by setting our clocks an hour earlier on Sunday, Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, many of us will commute home in the dark.

Three Ways Chinese Business Has Evolved From Imitation To Innovation

Three Ways Chinese Business Has Evolved From Imitation To InnovationMost of us use products made in China every day and are aware of its growing economic power as a factory to the world. But China intends to become a developed nation by mid-century and integral to this ambition is its intense focus on innovation.

Economics Has A Serious Gender Problem

Economics Has A Serious Gender ProblemThe two-headed beast that had blighted the economy throughout the 1970s and 1980s – inflation combined with unemployment – had been tamed, and the business cycle seemed to be a thing of the past.

Is Corporate America’s Old Boys’ Club Dead

Is Corporate America’s Old Boys’ Club  DeadIf corporate money controls our politics, as Bernie Sanders and others have claimed, then how did the Republican Party, the reputed party of business, manage to nominate a candidate whom almost no one in Big Business supports?

Can The Clean Energy Economy Create Millions Of Jobs?

Can The Clean Energy Economy Create Millions Of Jobs?Job growth is a prime topic in the U.S. presidential race, but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different takes on the role clean energy could play in creating employment.

How Health Groups Unwittingly Help Coca-Cola And PepsiCo

How Health Groups Unwittingly Help Coca-Cola And PepsiCoThe two largest soda makers in the US use their sponsorships of health organizations to bolster their image, which helps them lobby against public health bills, a new study suggests.

Exposing Big Tobacco's Predatory Dirty Tricks

Exposing Big Tobacco's Predatory Dirty Tricks Tobacco companies want to sell you cigarettes – today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re at the tobacco counter or out with friends, glitzy cigarette packaging is a really important part of their sales pitch.

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great Teachers

There's No One-size-fits-all Solution For Great TeachersMost of us know the difference a good teacher makes in the life of a child. Many global institutions working to improve access to education, such as the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Education International agree that “teacher quality” is the critical element in whether or not an educational system succeeds.

Why Insurance Companies Control Your Medical Care

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill. President Harry S. Truman is seated next to him. LBJ LibraryIt’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will risedramatically this fall.

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit Fraud

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit FraudOver the course of four years, at least 5,000 Wells Fargo employees opened more than a million fake bank and credit card accounts on behalf of unwitting customers.

Why We’ll Need a Universal Basic Income

Why We’ll Need a Universal Basic IncomeImagine a little gadget called an i-Everything. You can’t get it yet, but if technology keeps moving as fast as it is now, the i-Everything will be with us before you know it.

How The American Online Sex Trade Continues To Thrive

How The American Online Sex Trade Continues To ThriveAmerica has always had an underground sex trade, and for decades most pimps followed the same general script: they’d recruit sex workers on the street, in bars and in strip clubs.

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income Inequality

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income InequalityScorpion met Frog on a river bank and asked him for a ride to the other side. “How do I know you won’t sting me?” asked Frog. “Because,” replied Scorpion, “if I do, I will drown.” Satisfied, Frog set out across the water with Scorpion on his back. Halfway across, Scorpion stung Frog. “Why did you do that?” gasped Frog as he started to sink. “Now we’ll both die.” “I can’t help it,” replied Scorpion. “It’s my nature.”

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic Plan

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic PlanDonald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else.

Affording Child Care In America

Affording Child Care In AmericaThis week on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump took a big step out of traditional Republican territory to propose a federal solution to the high cost of child care. His plan suggests utilizing the tax code to give a break to working parents with young kids.

Stumped About Obama's TPP Trade Deal? You're Not Alone

Stumped About  Obama's TPP Trade Deal? You're Not AloneThe proposed trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – TPP for short – is drawing fire from both the right and the left as a middle-class jobs killer. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama continues to defend it as a boon for American businesses and consumers, as well as the larger economy.

Students Have Difficulty Learning In Unproven Ways

education 9 19In health there are well-established protocols that govern the introduction of any new drug or treatment. Of major consideration is the notion of doing no harm.

Shadow Banking Increases The Risk Of Another Global Financial Crisis

Shadow Banking Increases The Risk Of Another Global Financial CrisisBanks may still be evading increased regulation by shifting activities to shadow banking. This system is well established as part of the financial sector, but it provides products that separate an investor from an investment, making it more difficult to evaluate risk and value.

Driverless Uber Cars Are Coming To Disrupt The Sharing Economy

Driverless Uber Cars Are Coming To Disrupt The Sharing EconomyUber’s announcement that it will introduce driverless cars in Pittsburgh, US, throws into question the fate of not just the “sharing economy”, which Uber helped to make mainstream, but the future of employment in a wider sense too.

This Federal Regulation Saves Millions of Lives

This Federal Regulation Saves Millions of LivesThis Federal Regulation Saves Millions of LivesFifty years ago this month (on September 9, 1966), President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety laws that launched a great life-saving program for the American People.

The Twilight Of The Mom And Pop Motel

he Tarry-A-While tourist home in Ocean City, Maryland. Author providedIn 1939, when John Steinbeck imagined Highway 66 as “the road of flight,” he evoked the crushing realities of Depression-era migrants who’d been pushed off their land by failing crops, relentless dust and heartless banks.

Weaker Unions Have Also Cut Nonunion Paychecks?

Weaker Unions Have Also Cut Nonunion Paychecks?A dramatic decline in the density of US labor unions since the 1970s has resulted in lower wages for both union and nonunion workers, a new study suggests.

How Homeschooling Is Changing In America

Homeschooling graduation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jim, the Photographer, CC BYAs children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace.

Why A World With Inequality Everywhere Is An Economic Threat

world ineqquality3 9 12There is growing evidence that inequality is increasing not only in Australia but internationally within the advanced industrial economies. The age of endless growth in prosperity for everyone is a distant memory of a more hopeful age.

Lessons From Argentina For Europe's Newly Impoverished Middle Class

Lessons From Argentina For Europe's Newly Impoverished Middle ClassLeading economic think-tank the institute of Fiscal Studies has warned that “middle-income families are the new poor” – a damning indictment of the way poverty in Britain has spread far beyond groups that are traditionally considered poor.

How Class And Wealth Affect Your Health

How Class And Wealth Affect Your HealthInequities in wealth and income are one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. It’s important to address these inequities for three key reasons.

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further Behind

Maternal Mortality Rates Rise As US Falls Further BehindDespite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a 75 percent reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 US states and the District of Columbia actually increased by 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014.

Economic Inequality Is On The Rise Worldwide

Economic Inequality Is On The Rise WorldwideHere are some conclusions from a recent economics research paper. Do you think the authors are from some left-leaning think tank full of malcontents?

How Happiness Improves Business Results

How Happiness Improves Business ResultsIn business the concept of happiness is likely to make some groan, roll their eyes or be dismissive. But increasingly we can’t ignore the evidence that it helps business.

Robert Reich's Message to Working People on Labor Day

Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Two-thirds of you are living paycheck to paycheck. Almost 30 percent of you don’t have steady employment:

Why It Matters What The G20 Is Doing

Why It Matters What The G20 Is DoingAs the leaders of the world’s 19 biggest economies and the European Union meet in the beautiful southern Chinese city of Hangzhou for the culmination of China’s year at the helm of the G20, it pays to ask exactly what they’re doing – and why it matters.

McDonald's And The Global Revolution Of Fast Food Workers

McDonald's And The Global Revolution Of Fast Food WorkersWhen it comes to their wages, McDonald’s workers around the world are not “Loving It” – and they haven’t been shy about expressing their discontent over the past four years.

Have We Forgotten The True Meaning Of Labor Day?

Have We Forgotten The True Meaning Of Labor Day?Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year.

America Seeks the Answer to The Labor Question

America Seeks the Answer to The Labor QuestionThe labor question is back. After World War II, it seemed to many that widespread unionization and collective bargaining had made sure that the people who did the work in this country were getting a fair share

It's Time We Reinvented Labor For The 21st Century

labor day 9 4On Labor Day, politicians have traditionally paid lip service to the plight of the worker, whom the national holiday is meant to honor. With working-class struggles taking center stage in this year’s election

Why Global Corporations Should Pay Taxes

Why Global Corporations Should Pay TaxesFor years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week the European Union did something about it.

How To Fix America’s Child Care Problem

Advocates need to develop a broad-based support, which includes hearing all voices, such as those of child care workers. U.S. Army, CC BYIn what might be the most contentious election campaign season yet, the main presidential candidates seem to agree on at least one issue – that the policy around child care for American families needs improvement.

Why We Need To Rethink The Jobs-Based Economy

Why We Need To Rethink The Jobs Based Economy?Automation has disrupted work for centuries. Two hundred years ago in Britain, the Luddites rose in rebellion, smashing the machines that made their weaving skills obsolete.

What’s the Matter With Ohio?

What’s the Matter With Ohio?Every presidential election cycle, journalists descend on the ever-reliable swing state of Ohio in an attempt to play prophet.

It's Not Just The Economy, It's Whether It Is Fair

It's Not Just The Economy, It's Whether It Is FairIn the aftermath of the global financial crisis, America’s Obama administration faced a dilemma. The public wanted banking reform. But administration pragmatists like US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner feared that yielding to populist voices might threaten recovery.

The Real Reason Off-patent Drugs Are So Expensive

The Real Reason Off-patent Drugs Are So ExpensiveThe rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, has resulted in outrage.

Has The Future of Work Already Arrived

future of work 8 28Here’s what today’s nontraditional workers are doing to build democratic, worker-led communities within the growing gig economy.

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?Since the Affordable Care Act – or what many call Obamacare – has been labeled a failure since the day it started, according to some political types, it’s difficult to know if the recent defections by large insurance companies are really a death knell or just growing pains.

How Three-day Weekends Can Help Save The World

How Three-day Weekends Can Help Save The WorldAlmost everyone enjoys a bank holiday. A three-day weekend means more time to spend with family and friends, to go out and explore the world, and to relax from the pressures of working life.

Why Doctors Need Time To Think About Your Health

Why Doctors Need Time To Think About Your HealthWhen a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin.

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In Inequality

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In InequalityLatin America has traditionally been the world’s most unequal region, but it has recently shown signs of change. Through the 2000s, high international prices for exports have brought inequality levels down.

How Consumer Culture Is Killing Citizenship

How Consumer Culture Is Killing CitizenshipDonald Trump’s candidacy gives rise to many descriptors — authoritarian, bigoted, divisive. It is also the culmination of long-developing dysfunctions of a culture where market values have spread beyond appropriate limits and radically eroded citizenship.

The Case Against Privatizing Our National Parks

The Case Against Privatizing National ParksThe centennial of the National Park Service is inspiring an impressive amount of soul-searching about the agency and the lands for which it is responsible.

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