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Long for Medium: “The Canadian App Economy is Global and Diverse – But Can Improve”

The Canadian App Economy is strong both in terms of app exports and compared to its industrialized peers. The Canadian App Economy has 262,000 App Economy workers as of November 2018, according to a recently released report by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). App Economy workers are those that develop, maintain, or support mobile applications.…

Ritz for Medium: “Budget Deal Perpetuates Broken Status Quo”

The budget deal scheduled for a vote tomorrow gets two things right and nearly everything else wrong. The main thing it gets right is the need to unshackle domestic public investment that would be subject to an across-the-board cut known as “sequestration” in the absence of legislative action. It also suspends the federal debt limit…

Regulatory Reform Could Revitalize Sluggish Business Creation

The U.S. economy recently marked 10 years of economic expansion – its longest in history – but there's an important exception: new business creation. In recent decades, the American entrepreneurial engine has decelerated. Regulatory reform could help revive American entrepreneurship, reducing the burden on new businesses and realizing gains in economic growth. That doesn’t necessarily…

A Preliminary Analysis of Pricing by App Stores

Summary How much do the Apple App Store and Google Play, the two major mobile application stores, charge? The short and obvious answer is that Apple and Google levy a fee of 30% of the revenue from downloading paid apps; 30% of revenue from in-app purchases of digital goods and services; and a lower charge…

Kim for Medium: “The Next Step in Criminal Justice Reform”

For many Americans, one traffic ticket could be all it takes to derail their financial security — and perhaps even their livelihood. Loathe to raise taxes, many states and cities are increasingly relying on fines and fees — whether for traffic offenses, court costs or misdemeanors such as littering — to fill their coffers. The amounts demanded are often exorbitant, and…

Marshall for Medium: “Trump’s Biggest Broken Promise”

Unlike such polarizing issues as health care, immigration and climate change, repairing and updating our economic infrastructure is something both parties say they are for. Yet somehow our political leaders can’t get the job done. President Trump often complains about the shabby state of America’s airports, highways and railways. “The only one to fix the…

Kim for Medium: “The Dismal State of America’s Working Class”

President Donald Trump staked his successful claim to the U.S. presidency with his appeal to the discontents of blue-collar America — i.e., non-college-educated Americans who have perhaps been the hardest hit by globalization and technological change. The same voters are the target of some of Trump’s Democratic 2020 challengers, most notably former Vice President Joe…

Gerwin for Medium: “Getting Democrats to ‘Yes’ on Trump’s New NAFTA”

President Trump is apparently a trade alchemist. He’s taken the core of NAFTA (the “worst trade deal ever”), liberally sprinkled in modern rules from the Trans Pacific Partnership (a “potential disaster”), and created a “brand new” trade deal — the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Trump’s hyperbole aside, the USMCA, while not perfect, would do a creditable…

Joe Biden and Amazon

Progressives say that they want Corporate America to think long-term rather than short-term: To invest in research and development, to spend more on domestic plant and equipment, and to hire more workers with decent pay and decent benefits. In fact, we’ve designed the tax system specifically to give companies incentives to do that. That’s why…

How The China Trade War Will Jump Start Digital Manufacturing

(As originally appeared on Forbes.com) Trade war! In my previous column on China and digital manufacturing, I observed that the low price of Chinese imports has been artificially suppressing domestic investments in manufacturing automation. The process of digitization is expensive and risky,  and rational investors and managers won't spend money if they know they will be immediately undercut by Chinese competitors.…