The joke’s on them: High-ranked states in ‘Rich States, Poor States’ perform better

This appeared on the Daily Caller April 16, 2014. The 7th edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index was released yesterday and has received attention from all angles. While most of the coverage has been positive, Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal chose to call the index into question. His claim: The American Legislative … »

Taxes, Migration, and Economic Evidence

While certainly not the only factor affecting whether Americans move from one state to another, taxes play a significant role in the equation, even if it is most significantly an indirect role. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a report with the purpose of “debunking” this common-sense … »

Michigan rejoins U.S. economy

This appeared on The Detroit News on May 15, 2014. For most of the last decade, Michigan has unquestionably had the worst performing state economy. As economists and former Michigan residents, we know both the abysmal economic statistics and the real human costs of perpetual layoffs, declining income, long-term unemployment, … »

NBER Report: Medicaid Expansion Reduces Incentives to Work

A working paper released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that public insurance programs reduce incentives to work for low-income childless adults—precisely the population Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act targets. The paper comes on the heels of the widely-cited February 2014 Congressional Budget Office … »