The wage gap between women and men is a problem. It contributes to poverty for women and families and holds the entire economy back. And because the roots of the problem are complex, there’s no simple solution to fix it. Read about some ideas for how t...
The Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) is a need-based program run by the U.S. Social Security Administration that assists people with limited income due to disabling health issues or advanced age. Learn what Supplemental Security Income benefi...
Entitlement programs regularly come up during discussions about the federal budget and national debt. Reforming these programs is wildly complex and often controversial. Learn about the leading proposals for how we can reform U.S. entitlement programs ...
There have been all kinds of proposals to deal with the problem of global poverty. But lately, more people are looking at a much simpler approach: Just give people money. This idea — simply making cash payments to everyone — is called universal basic i...
Pennies are so close to worthless that many people argue it’s time to do away with them altogether. Others argue that eliminating the one-cent coin could be harmful. Should we get rid of the penny? Find out the main arguments for keeping it and for eli...
During the 2020 presidential primary, multiple candidates drew attention to the concept of a wealth tax. While wealth taxes can come in many forms, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about them. Find out how they work and who they rea...
As more and more U.S. states join Canada in legalizing cannabis use, the momentum appears to be on cannabis legalization advocates’ side. Should the federal government legalize marijuana? Learn the pros and cons and the potential impacts legalization w...
At the heart of the minimum wage debate is the question of what really amounts to a living wage. The question is how much America’s workers need to feed their families, pay their bills, and keep a roof over their heads. And as it turns out, that’s not ...
Taxes consume a lot of our money, and they’re a popular topic among politicians and economic analysts alike. Phrases like “marginal tax rate,” “universal basic income,” and “Medicare for All” are hot topics these days. But what do they mean? These quic...
Gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the most common measures of the economy for any nation. It is an important calculation but doesn’t always tell the whole story. Read on for a primer about what gross domestic product is, how it’s calculated, its l...