Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

Posts by Joe Carter

Why Minimum Wages Increases Don’t Target Poverty

If you ask most people why they support raising the minimum wage they’ll says it’s because it helps the poor. But as David Neumark, a scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco notes, numerous studies have shown that there is no statistically significant relationship between raising the minimum wage and reducing poverty. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.04.16

The public thinks the average company makes a 36% profit margin, which is about 5X too high Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas When a random sample of American adults were asked the question “Just a rough guess, what percent profit on each dollar of sales do you think the average company makes after taxes?” for the Reason-Rupe poll in May 2013, the average response was 36%! Continue Reading...

Top 10 PowerBlog Posts for 2015

As we close out the year, we want to thank our PowerBlog readers for reading and contributing to our blog. If you’re a new reader we encourage you to catch up by checking out our top 10 most popular posts for 2015: 1. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.31.16

Five Poverty Busters You Should Know Bruce Wydick, Christianity Today Why? Because research shows they are making a real difference. Why Is the Middle Class Shrinking? Steven Horwitz, The Freeman A close look at the data shows that the middle class has shrunk since 1971 because more members of the middle class have moved up the income ladder than down it. Continue Reading...

Hot Fries and the End of Work

“There can never be a world without work,” says James Bruce in this week’s Acton Commentary. “We are made to work. We flourish when we do, and we suffer when we don’t.” Now, if we think about work’s purpose or goal, we will realize that work can never end. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.30.15

Parenting in America Pew Research Center Outlook, worries, aspirations are strongly linked to financial situation How My Mind has Changed on Trade Gideon Strauss, Providence The most significant way in which I’ve changed my mind over the past year has been with regard to the role of the state in governing the international trade of developing economies. Continue Reading...

Discussion Question: What Makes Insider Trading Wrong?

For most of my life, much of what I’ve learned about the world came from watching movies. This was especially true in 1983, when I was in junior high. That was the year I learned about astronauts (The Right Stuff), thermonuclear war (War Games), and ewoks (Return of the Jedi). Continue Reading...

Why Does the New York Times Want to Hurt the Poor?

While it may be difficult to imagine, there was once an era when the New York Times was concerned about the poor. Consider, for example, a 1987 editorial they ran with the headline, “The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00.” As the editors noted at the time, [Raising the minimum wage] would increase unemployment: Raise the legal minimum price of labor above the productivity of the least skilled workers and fewer will be hired. Continue Reading...