Where to Start With Regulatory Reform

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Why the District government should focus on the reform of its regulatory system is straightforward: as a famous economist recently said, “Regulatory burdens do not exist in isolation. Someone must eventually bear the cost, either through reduced wages, lower profits, or higher prices for every consumer.” Where to start reform is the simple part. The… Read more »Read more

CRA: Cognitive Dissonance and the Future of the DC Rental Market

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This study of the future of the Washington, DC housing rental market was performed by Jack Kern of the Center for Regional Analysis. It explores the factors that influence how renters make decisions about where to live and looks at how those decisions change over time. Rental Market Analysis — Center for Regional Analysis 5-20-15Read more

Where the Fiscal Policy Institute Gets It Wrong

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Established in 2001 by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute plays an important role in the District of Columbia. It provides a voice in the budget and tax policy debate for low and moderate income District residents who are otherwise without representation on these issues. Economic Growth DC has… Read more »Read more

Code4Life is Expanding Again in the Fall of 2015

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          Code4Life is a first of its kind after school program developed by our charitable arm, the Economic Growth DC Foundation, in partnership with Accenture. It teaches basic computer programming skills to middle-school and (eventually) high school boys and girls in the District of Columbia public and charter school systems. The program… Read more »Read more

The Best Tool for Fighting Homelessness in DC is Faster Growth

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  In an otherwise excellent article in the Washington City Paper about the District’s homelessness crisis, Aaron Wiener perpetuated a noxious myth. He wrote: “There are things the city can do to manage the front door [entry into the city’s homelessness system], but there are also factors out of its control, primarily the lack of affordable housing, and… Read more »Read more

The Fiscal Implications of Immigration Reform

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The idea that the world is on the verge of some kind of catastrophic overpopulation crisis is a myth popularized in a 1968 book, The Population Bomb, by Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University. The truth is actually closer to the opposite of his theory. Birthrates in most of the developed world have already fallen below… Read more »Read more