When the Minimum Wage Rises, A Million More Fall Below Minimum

– August 26, 2020

“Past increases in the federal minimum wage always resulted in many more people pushed into jobs paying below minimum and usually losing whatever benefits they previously enjoyed. Far from being an effective and humane way to raise the lowest incomes the unintended consequence of increasing the federal minimum wage has, in fact, been to force hundreds of thousands more Americans into substandard jobs and make the poorest workers poorer.” ~ Alan Reynolds


By Moving to the Suburbs, Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Bureaucrats

– July 17, 2019

In the meantime, government officials across the country should think long and hard before passing new regulations that would further add to the regulatory burden, making it even harder for young adults to become homeowners.


Millennials Want to Buy Homes, but Student-Loan Debt Is Not Letting Them

– December 13, 2018

This makes millennials the first generation in a while to be forced to postpone saving for homes simply because their student loans take up so much of their income. No wonder the growing debt related to higher education has now achieved “crisis” levels.


The Real Significance of the French Tax Revolt

– December 3, 2018

For two weeks in France, and now Belgium and the Netherlands, a European Spring has been building. What we see in Paris today might be the end of social democracy as we know it, and what comes in its place is what the battle of ideas today is really about.

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A Bona Fide Tax Revolt in France

– November 26, 2018

Politicians and activists who blithely maintain that public support for lofty climate change projects is both bottomless and selfless are either obtuse or tacitly agitating for tyranny.


Your First Job: Real Costs of the Minimum Wage

– September 25, 2018

The minimum wage is only the most visible portion of what quickly amounts to a vast array of considerable, often unseen costs. 


A Second Passport, to an Island Paradise, Does Sound Pretty Sweet

– May 22, 2018

It’s not at all surprising that with the highly politicized environment of the US, with ever more controls, more people are looking for new ways to live a peaceful life. It only takes one visit to a paradise like St. Kitts to get the mind turning toward dreams of a new start, a life of peace and quiet. I completely get it. I was only in St. Kitts for three days and now I understand completely.


Why Unhealthy Food Is Cheap and Plentiful

– May 21, 2018

If we had a genuine free market in food – and the market is doing its best with the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods – we would also likely see a greater alignment between what is affordable and what is actually good food for human consumption. It would be nice at least to be able to test this, starting with an end to the farm program.


Inflation Was Low in 2017, But Concerns Remain

– April 24, 2018

The more government inflates the money supply, the more that prices will eventually go up.


Higher Wages and Low Inflation Keep Cost of Living from Rising

– January 30, 2017

Americans’ cost of living fell relative to their earnings on average in 2016. Even though inflation ticked slightly upward, average wages grew faster. The Consumer Price Index, which measures price changes in goods and services, rose 1.7 percent. That was still low in historical terms but the second highest annual increase in the past five years. But the 2.9 percent increase in average wages was the largest wage gain over that five-year period. 


Average American’s Cost of Living Falls

– February 1, 2016

With energy prices and a strong dollar keeping inflation low, the average American’s cost of living did not rise in 2015 and in fact fell relative to wages. As this research brief shows, however, some Americans are spending large amounts on services such as education and health care and have seen their cost of living continue to rise. 


The AIER Cost-of-Living Guide

– January 1, 2011

Economic Bulletin Vol. LI, January 2011 Average annual inflation for 2010 hovers around 1.6 percent. by AIER staff