Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

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    Unemployment Benefits or Losses?

    Sep 1, 10 • 340 Views • 1 Comment

    Recently, Denmark decided that 4 years of unemployment benefits were too long. Shrinking their duration to 2 years, they said that 1) the longer people are out of a job, the harder it is to find one and 2) too many people wait for benefits to expire before......  [read more]

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    Apples, Oranges, and Government Pay

    Aug 22, 10 • 352 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that federal employees earn more than people working in the private sector, how should we respond? Let’s look at the facts. Assessing someone’s earnings involves salaries and benefits.  According to the BEA (Bureau of Economic......  [read more]

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    Unopened Stimulus Packages

    Aug 19, 10 • 301 Views • No Comments

    Economists recently have been debating whether the $787 billion 2009 stimulus package has helped the economy. Perhaps first they should ask what has been spent. For a variety of reasons, recipients of stimulus money are not spending it. Dollars destined for......  [read more]

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    Social Insecurity: Part 3

    Aug 15, 10 • 344 Views • No Comments

    Do you prefer adjusting COLAs or the full retirement age (FRA) to ensure the survival of the U.S. Social Security program? To decide, you might want to know how different solutions will affect high and low income earners.   One way to solve......  [read more]

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    Social Insecurity: Part 2

    Aug 4, 10 • 340 Views • No Comments

    The average social security check received by a retired grandma is $1169. Multiply that by 35 million recipients, add to it other social security obligations, and this year, you have more money leaving than entering the social security “bank......  [read more]