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How Paid Parental Leave Accidentally Promotes Inequality

In honor of Mother’s Day, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg called for a new public policy to limit economic opportunities and choices for women.

Naturally, she did not phrase it quite like that. But among other policy asks in her pronouncement, Sandberg called for a mandatory paid family leave policy. The primary goal of such a policy is to help women. Unfortunately, the economic implications of the policy, if enacted, will be as I described above–reducing opportunities and choices for women.*

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Help That Hurts: The Case of US Food Aid

President Trump’s discretionary budget proposal includes a $182 million cut to the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program, eliminating the program entirely. Whatever else one thinks of Trump’s budget, this is a good idea.

It will save taxpayers a small amount of money, which is nice. But far more importantly, canceling the program will also likely help the former recipients.

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Newly Unemployed Man Relieved by Econ. Study Showing Min. Wage Hikes Are Good for Workers

After getting laid off and being unemployed for five full months, Kwame Jackson was ready to hear some good news.*

It came this week, when he heard about a new study on the minimum wage prepared by a leading Ivy League-trained economist, Dr. Bertrand Hopkins. The study was consistent with the latest groundbreaking research on the subject, and added to a growing body of evidence that minimum wage increases are in fact good for workers–contrary to what the libertarian purists at the Heritage Foundation might have you believe.

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