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  • Where Did All the Jobs Go?
    One economic theory says that raising the minimum wage causes employers to hire fewer workers.
  • The Myth of the Earned Income Tax Credit
    Conservative economists argue that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) negates the need for a minimum wage.
  • Why Won't New Jersey and Oregon Let You Pump Your Own Gas?
    For more than 60 years, New Jersey and Oregon have made it illegal to pump your own gas. Why?
  • Low Wages Do Not Cause Poverty

    It seems to make sense that low minimum wages are the cause of poverty, but that is not necessarily the case. Low wages may not cause poverty as much as not having a job at all.

  • Investment in Education Is Best for the Economy
    The best way to help the working class and create jobs is not to raise the minimum wage, but to invest government dollars in education.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts the Working Class
    In the great debate about raising the minimum wage, people seldom discuss how doing so could actually hurt the workers that it's intended to help.
  • Wal-Mart Wins Minimalist Minimum Wage in D.C.
    Size matters. Washington, D.C. Mayor Gray vetoed a bill that would have forced large retailers to compensate employees a little better.
  • Quora: Should I Choose a Career for Money or Happiness?
    Whether to choose a career that pays well or a career that brings you fulfillment is the million-dollar question in every professional’s life. We turn to the Quora community to see what they have to say about going after dollars or sense.
  • It’s All Fun and Games, Until You Get Cut Off [infographic]
    College can be a fun and exciting time, but what happens when your parents cut you off financially and it’s time to pay your own bills? Have no fear, OnlineCollege.org has the post-grad finance cheat sheet you’ve been praying for, to get your finances under control and aligned with your long-term goals.
  • Save Millions of Lives While Commuting to Work

    Changing public policy and how we fund our roads may result in saving millions of lives.

  • Should Vacation Be Mandatory?
    America is the no-vacation nation, which leads to lower productivity and health problems. Now some economists are complaining that mandatory paid vacations are draconian. Really?
  • The Skyrocketing Cost of Higher Education

    The cost of higher education continues to grow faster than inflation. What is a college student to do?

  • Parasite Singles: A Millennial Trend
    Jennifer Lawrence does it. So does Taylor Lautner. And now, a new report says more people in their generation are, too. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 36 percent of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents’ home in 2012. That’s the highest share in at least four decades.
  • The Face of the Fast Food Worker's Strike

    Working women and mothers are the face of the fast food strikes. Unable to bring their families out of poverty on minimum wage, workers have taken their demands for reasonable pay to the streets.

  • Low Pay Is Not Okay

    Low Pay Is Not Okay
    Fast food workers took to the streets yesterday with chants such as "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty wages have got to go!" But who is paying more attention to the plight of the low wage worker? Lawmakers, or the customers buying cheap lattes and Big Macs?
  • National Fast Food Workers Strike for Living Wages
    Fast food workers are no longer fighting their battles alone. Various groups, including union organizers and religious groups, are calling for fast food workers across the nation to walk off their jobs together.
  • Low Wages Affect Us All, Especially Children
    Almost a quarter of the children living in America are growing up in poverty. Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington to demand jobs and freedom. We still have a long way to go to fulfill King's dream.
  • Great Recession Is Great Downer for Generation Z

    You could say members of Gen Z are pragmatic. They grew up after 9/11. They’ve seen reports of school violence and the fallout of the Great Recession. They’re more aware of troubling times, and as a result, they’ll be wary with their money, according to this Forbes article. So why so gloomy?

  • What Your Beard Says About the Economy

    Prepare to bathe in guilt, bearded men: your hirsute face could be the reason we're all broke. Either that, or it's the result of said brokeness. Let us explain.

  • Cost of a Burger

    Cost of a Burger

    Recently, several media outlets have claimed that raising fast-food workers' salaries would raise the price of a Big Mac by only 68 cents. This figure represented only a 17 percent rise in prices; if it sounds too good to be true, it is. However, other research shows that the actual effects of paying workers a living wage, while higher than 68 cents, are not as bad as corporations make out.