PowerLinks 07.27.16

Does welfare policy discourage marriage? AEI Means-tested benefits in well-meaning welfare policies are negatively impacting the institution of marriage these days. Land Everywhere and Not a Place to Live Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution Land use regulations raise prices, reduce mobility and increase income inequality in the United States. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.26.16

How Government Cronies Redefined the Catfish Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com An industry clamored for more regulation—because it had a financial interest in doing so. TANF and Two-Parent Families Shawn Fremstad, Family Studies There is little reason to think TANF is providing assistance to most struggling two-parent families. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.25.16

How Does Economics Help Christians Contribute to the Kingdom of God? Kathryn Feliciano, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics If Christians want to be more effective in their ministry, then economics is a very good mental tool to have in their toolbox. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.22.16

5 Facts about Captive Nations Week Joe Carter, ERLC In 1959, during the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower signed into law a joint declaration of Congress recognizing “Captive Nations Week” and issued a proclamation that has been reissued by every U.S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.21.16

Pokemon Go and the Kindness of Strangers Alexi Sargeant, First Things What is Pokémon Go? Is it the epitome of decadence? Evidence of America’s precipitous decline? No. Every popular game has its naysayers, but a doom-and-gloom attitude is harder to justify when a game is pulling players out into the sunlight to discover the places and people around them—and to do some good deeds to strangers in the process. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.20.16

Communism Still Persists. We Must Remember Nations Where People Are Not Free. Lee Edwards, The Daily Signal Communism is a cancer that must be removed lest it spread. That historical lesson led President Ronald Reagan, after four decades of containment and accommodation, to lay down a new policy to end the Cold War: “We win and they lose.” Stop Making CEO Pay a Political Issue Alex Edmans, Harvard Business Review Presidential candidates once campaigned on taxes, government spending, and foreign policy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.19.16

How American Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity David A. Bosch, TGC Christians have been involved in the marketplace for as long as Christians and markets have existed. The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity by Darren Grem catalogues how Christian men not only have been involved in business, but also shaped 20th-century conservative Christianity in the United States. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.18.16

We Need to Talk About Downward Mobility The American Interest Low levels of social mobility, more than raw inequality or slow growth, is probably the greatest challenge facing the American political-economic system today. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.15.16

Poverty and Policy R. Shep Melnick, Claremont Review of Books This strange understanding of “welfare” informs the book’s misleading title. Unlike the hundreds of millions of people around the world who live in extreme poverty, none of the families profiled in $2 a Day actually lives on…$2 a day. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.14.16

Is Homelessness Only a Housing Problem? Stephen Eide, Family Studies Is homelessness purely a housing problem, or do norms and family structure play a role? The Double Standard on Low-Wage Work A. Continue Reading...