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Fiscal Health


Economic growth is the force that drives almost all aspects of American society. For over half a century, CED has advocated business and public policies that would enhance the opportunities for all Americans to improve their lives. In addressing a broad range of policy issues, CED has argued that economic growth and economic oppor- tunity are usually complementary. Without growth, resources will be unavailable to widen opportunity. Without broadly available opportunity, we will fail to fulfill the democratic charge of the nation's founders and may reduce our potential for economic growth as well. CED and the Marshall Plan ""We...recommend that the United States should undertake a broad program of economic cooperation with Western Europe. We believe that American cooperation is needed to accomplish two things: 1) Relief to tide Western Europe over its present distress and allow it time to accomplish the necessary expansion of production; 2) Help in the rebuilding and development necessary to reknit the economic fabric of Europe...."" Committee for Economic Development, An American Program of European Economic Cooperation (New York, NY: 1948), pp.10-11



Regulation and the Economy

Regulation is a major way in which government influences the U.S. market economy. The scope of government regulations is vast and reaches all sectors of the economy and all aspects of our daily lives....

September 27, 2017  |     |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



Trade Under Attack

Research shows that engaging in global trade increases economic prosperity. Policymakers should aid U.S. workers adversely impacted by global trade instead of working to protect U.S. jobs. Trade Under Attack details...

August 31, 2017  |     |  Sustainable Capitalism,  |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



TIME FOR THE ECONOMY’S SEMESTER GRADES

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchMany college students heading home for the winter holidays find that their grades are not far behind.  Some of those students are plotting to intercept...

December 18, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



Big Data’s Economic Impact

By Joseph Kennedy President of Kennedy Research, LLCBig Data is beginning to have a significant impact on our knowledge of the world. This is important because increases in human knowledge have always played a...

December 03, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



October 2014 Trustee Update Call: Slowing Healthcare Cost Growth

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchI was planning to talk about something else today, but a testy exchange (pardon the pun) in our local paper, the Washington Post, caught my attention....

October 15, 2014  |   Blog   |  Health Care,  |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth Care



Russia and Argentina: Two Nations Behaving Badly

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesToday’s global economy is based on a complex set of norms under which major nations are supposed to behave. Russia, the eight largest...

October 01, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthGlobal Competitiveness



AUGUST ECONOMIC DATA AND SEPTEMBER FED

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchWell, back to work.  And that includes toting up the key August economic data releases, and looking at the Federal Reserve’s policy decisions...

September 24, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



The Skinny on the Fat Tax

By Courtney Baird Research AssociateObesity Rates Slowing, but Not EnoughAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69.1% of American adults age 20 years and over are either overweight or obese.  This percentage...

September 17, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Health Care, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax Reform



THERMAL INERTIA

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchMy lifetime hero, the economist Arthur Okun, used to liken the difficulty of making monetary policy to a hapless early-morning shower-taker, who alternately scalds and freezes...

August 27, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetTax Reform



August 2014 Trustee Update Call: Wage Inflation: Not Just Yet

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchAt the end of July, just before I ducked out for a little vacation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its “Employment Cost Index” ...

August 20, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



August 2014 Trustee Update Call: Mergers and Acquisitions 2014

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesAn Upward Trend, Interrupted by Booms and BustsMerger and acquisition activity over the last 20 years has shown a marked growth trend, interrupted by peaks...

August 20, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthTax Reform



The New BRICS Bank

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic Studies  The New BRICS BankLast month, on July 15, 2014, leaders of the five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries signed an...

August 20, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



Housing Prices Rising, But Not in Bubble Territory

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesHousing Prices Rebound:Housing prices have bounced back significantly from their 2012 lows. The price gains have approximated 27 per cent over the last two years. Note...

August 13, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



EYE-CATCHING DATA, REDUX

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchEarly this month, we talked about the jarringly negative “final” first-quarter GDP report.  The -2.9 percent (annual rate) drop caused more than a...

July 30, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsJudicial Independence and SelectionFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



MONSTER TRADE AGREEMENT MOVING AHEAD SLOWLY — Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesThe United States and the European Union are negotiating a monster free trade agreement. The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will create a free...

July 23, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



THE ECONOMY, PART DEUX

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchLast week, we reviewed the “final” estimate of the first quarter’s GDP.  Then on Thursday came the employment situation report for...

July 10, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



EYE-CATCHING DATA

By Joe Minarik Senior Vice President and Director of Research  Last week’s GDP growth numbers grabbed a lot of attention.  The initial first quarter estimate, released in late April, was as...

July 02, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, EducationPostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic Growth



The United States Export Import Bank - Mission Impossible

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesThe DebateCongress is debating whether to renew the U.S. Ex-Im Bank’s lending (and debt guarantee) authority. The bank’s loans...

June 25, 2014  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthGlobal Competitiveness



Gentlemen, Go to Your Corners! The Fight over U.S. Natural Gas Exports

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesThe U.S. shale gas boom could be a “game changer” for U.S. manufacturing, particularly for energy intensive industries that use a...

June 18, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthGlobal Competitiveness



Negative Nominal Interest Rates: Uncharted Waters

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesECB Looking at Negative Nominal RatesMario Draghi of the European Central Bank (ECB) suggested that the ECB may consider implementing a negative nominal interest...

June 04, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic Growth



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