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

11 Things you should know about the minimum wage

As is becoming a common New Year’s theme, the minimum wage increased on Monday in more than a dozen states across the U.S. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 18 states increased the lowest legal wage allowed: • Alaska: $9.84, $.04 increase • Arizona: $10.50, $.50 increase • California: $11.00, $.50 increase • Colorado: $10.20, $.90 increase • Florida: $8.25, $.15 increase • Hawaii: $10.10, $.85 increase • Maine: $10.00, $1.00 increase • Michigan: $9.25, $.35 increase • Minnesota: $9.65, $.15 increase • Missouri: $7.85, $.15 increase • Montana: $8.30, $.15 increase • New Jersey: $8.60, $.16 increase • New York: $10.40, $.70 increase • Ohio: $8.30, $.15 increase • Rhode Island: $10.10, $.50 increase • South Dakota: $8.85, $.20 increase • Vermont: $10.50, $.50 increase • Washington: $11.50, $.50 increase Out of the 19 states that raised minimum wages last year, 16 raised them again in 2018 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.04.18

How “Family-Friendly” is the Tax Reform Law? Patrick Brown, Institute for Family Studies Families may have gotten as much benefit out of the tax reform law as political realities allow. FEMA broadens churches’ access to disaster funds Josh Gerstein, Politico President Donald Trump pushed for the policy change after Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 01.03.18

The Great, Overlooked Tax Policy for Getting People to Work Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic Yet more evidence piles up for effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Minimum wage rising in more than 3 dozen states and cities in 2018 M.L. Continue Reading...
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Why entrepreneurs want to turn public goods into club goods

Note: This is post #62 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Club goods are goods that are nonrival and excludable, says economist Alex Tabarrok. For instance, HBO is a club good, as you need to pay a monthly fee to access HBO (excludable) but more viewers does not add to costs (nonrival). Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.02.17

The Christian Leader’s Guide to Economics Jeff Haanen, Christianity Today The so-called “dismal science” is a powerful tool for wealth creation, but also for healing broken communities. You Can’t Regulate Away Crony Capitalism Sam Dugan, FEE Increasing the scope of government over business accelerates the problem of crony capitalism. Continue Reading...
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Top 10 PowerBlog posts for 2017

As we come near to the end of another year, we want to thank readers of PowerBlog for reading, commenting, and sharing our posts over the past twelve months. If you’re a new reader we encourage you to catch up by checking out our top ten most popular posts for 2017. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.29.17

Development aid in Africa is flowing to the rich in urban areas and not the poor Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz The role of aid in Africa has been a controversial issue over the years, with economists like Dambisa Moyo even arguing against it, due to questions surfacing around its effectiveness in economic growth and poverty reduction. Continue Reading...
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The Year in Acton Commentary 2017

Every Wednesday we publish the Acton Commentary, a weekly article that covers topics related to the mission of the Acton Institute. As 2017 comes to a close we thought it would be worth highlighting the top ten commentaries produced by Acton staffers and contributors over the past year. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.28.17

Are Sunk Costs Fallacies? Gwern Human and animal sunk costs often aren’t, and sunk cost bias may be useful on an individual level to encourage learning. Convincing examples of sunk cost bias typically operate on organizational levels and are probably driven by non-psychological causes like competition. Continue Reading...
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