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Economic Facts October 9, 2018

A dozen facts about immigration

Immigration has wide-ranging impacts on society and culture, and its economic effects are no less substantial. This document provides a set of economic facts a…
Policy Books September 28, 2018

Place-based policies for shared economic growth

For a century, the progress our nation made toward realizing broadly shared economic growth gave our economy much of its unparalleled strength. However, for th…
Policy Proposals September 28, 2018

Development economics meets the challenges of lagging US areas

Development economics research has made substantial progress in addressing poverty, poor health and education, and other problems of struggling areas. In this …
Papers September 28, 2018

The geography of prosperity

Ryan Nunn, Jana Parsons, and Jay Shambaugh investigate the factors that have created concentrated prosperity in the United States while leaving many places beh…
Policy Proposals June 13, 2018

The Main Street Fund: Investing in an entrepreneurial economy

State business incentives tilt the economic playing field in favor of large, incumbent firms and thereby discourage economic dynamism. However, basic collectiv…
Policy Proposals February 27, 2018

The importance of strong labor demand

By conventional measures, the U.S. job market has suffered some degree of slack for about 70 percent of the time since 1980. The absence of persistent, strong …
Policy Proposals October 19, 2017

A national paid parental leave policy for the United States

Despite widespread public support for paid parental leave, the United States is the only industrialized country without a national policy providing mothers wit…
Economic Facts March 2, 2017

In order that they might rest their arguments on facts: The vital role of government-collected data

Objective, impartial data collection by federal statistical agencies is vital to informing decisions made by businesses, policy makers, and families. These mea…
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