BLOG POSTS FROM THE DAILY ECONOMY

June 26, 2015

BLOG POSTS FROM THE DAILY ECONOMY
 
AIER’s Daily Economy offers a place for readers at all levels of economic expertise to learn how the economy impacts their day-to-day lives. Our posts cover everything from the latest Federal Reserve announcements to consumer price trends to debates over student loans and the future of Social Security. By providing thoughtful commentary and context about current economic issues, we want to give readers the tools they need to act as informed financial citizens.

 

Will the “sharing economy” fundamentally change the way we work?  Platforms like the taxi service Uber, and the vacation rental service Airbnb, sever traditional bonds between a company and its employees, instead providing platforms where customers and independent contractors match themselves for the service in question. Will we all become independent contractors rather than employees?  Pundits like to talk in all-or-nothing terms, but common sense economicssuggests a middle ground.

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by Aaron Nathans

Here’s an interesting piece in The New York Times about how Americans are increasingly putting the dream of home ownership aside and renting their homes.

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by Natalia Smirnova

 

Operating a small business is one way poor people in less developed countries support themselves and their families. Learning Initiatives, a non-profit non-governmental organization, has developed a highly successful program where U.S. high school students, working in teams, provide advice to a small business in Africa, such as a fish farm or an auto repair shop.

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by Aaron Nathans

Before the Supreme Court weighed in on Thursday, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal offered pieces about preparations being made in case the Supreme Court had chosen to strike down Afffordable Care Act subsidies in states that had not established their own insurance marketplaces.

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As the economy gathers strength, Americans are seeing higher prices at restaurants and drinking establishments.
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