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By / 8.1.2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cigarette smoking by Americans declined steadily from the mid-1960s to around 2005, when this progress began to slow. From 2013 to 2017, however, cigarette smoking rates fell sharply, during a period in which the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes increased sharply. This study examines the connection between these two developments and the […]

By / 7.25.2019

In the first half of 2019, the consumer price index for prescription drugs fell by 0.8% compared to the first half of 2018.  That’s the first year-over-year decline in prescription drug prices since the mid-1970s, according to BLS data. Looking at five-year inflation rates,  the consumer price index for prescription drugs rose at a 2.7% […]

By / 7.24.2019

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 […]

The Progressive Policy Institute’s Health Care 2020 panel relayed the overwhelming opinion that the American health care system is broken and in desperate need of reform.  Americans need health care reform to achieve timely access to effective, affordable, and quality medical care. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, July 24th […]

By and / 7.16.2019

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 […]

By / 7.15.2019

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 […]

By / 6.27.2019

Bombarded by all-over-the-map questions by no less than five NBC interlocuters, the 10 candidates didn’t have time to go deep on anything. Nonetheless, the low-key encounter was revealing. On the plus side, all those on the stage showed they are better qualified by intellect and temperament to be president than Donald Trump. On the minus […]

By / 6.26.2019

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 […]

By / 6.20.2019

Wouldn’t you want to shorten the amount of time it takes to go through an airport, or allow concert venues to spot out possible dangerous people, or access a safe with only your face like in the movies? Airports, banks, Walmart, and even our own phones use facial recognition software for identification and security. With […]

By / 6.18.2019

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 […]