Garrett Watson

Without reforms, America’s employment prospects are bleak

The American workforce is expected to face multiple headwinds over the next decade, including an aging population, greater automation and continued stratification by skill levels and educational attainment. …

If the rules are right, digital microlending could play role in subprime market

Well-functioning credit markets are essential tools for many people in times of personal economic instability or emergency. Unfortunately, some prospective borrowers with subpar credit ratings and credit histories …

It’s time to reform workplace noncompete clauses

In recent years, a growing number of policymakers have looked to remove barriers to entry and competition in labor markets, such as onerous occupational-licensing laws. Now, conservatives and …

Let’s build on NAFTA’s strengths

The following op-ed was co-authored by Clark Packard, outreach manager and trade analyst for the R Street Institute. Even as renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement just got underway, …

Free-market reforms will be key to maintaining America’s economic growth

July’s economic data presented good news for the U.S. economy, with reported job growth coming in above economists' projections and a steady unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. However, it's …

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