Acton Institute PowerBlog

PowerLinks 12.09.15

Welfare Isn’t Dead
Thomas Main, City Journal

Many eligible and truly needy families don’t apply for TANF, as a new book inadvertently demonstrates.

Mobility and Money in U.S. States: The Marriage Effec
W. Bradford Wilcox, Robert I. Lerman, and Joseph Price, Family Studies

Marriage and family structure matter for the well-being of not just individual kids but entire communities.

This Free Market Solution Can Help Improve Access to Healthcare
Amelia Hamilton, Opportunity Lives

A lack of affordable healthcare options continues to leave many Americans uninsured and with little or no access to medical care. A Florida volunteer program is filling the gap. And if that program were to go national, it could provide more than $2 billion in free health care to Americans in need.

Ten reasons economists object to the minimum wage
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

Proponents of a higher minimum wage point to the obvious and visible benefits to some workers – those who may find a job at the higher wage or keep their existing job and get a higher wage. But that is only part of the story – there are many less obvious downsides to an artificially high minimum wages that take longer to recognize, and it’s those inevitable negative effects that lead economists to generally oppose minimum wage laws.