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AEI mourns death of American economist and Resident Scholar John H. Makin.

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The recent slowdown in the rate of decline for semiconductor prices suggested by the PPI is puzzling in light of evidence that the performance of MPUs has continued to improve at a rapid pace. The authors argue that hedonic indexes provide a more accurate measure of price changes.

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Stop bickering over illegals, focus on legal immigration reform

In a testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, immigration expert Madeline Zavodny will explore two crucial aspects of understanding and addressing illegal immigration—why people become unauthorized immigrants and how future guest worker programs can curb the influx undocumented aliens.

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John Plender says that “people who thought of the implosion of the financial system as a one-in-100-years event may now think of this as a one-in-50- or one-in-25-years event”. If so, they are all wrong. The right answer is that financial crises occur about every decade, so are a one-in-10-years event.

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Five years has passed since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, a highly controversial decision at the time. Since then, the bill has remained much disputed and unpopular among many, noting how little it has delivered on its promises to transform healthcare.

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The Nasdaq composite index is back near its peak only if you believe that $5,000 in 2015 dollars is equal to $5,000 in the dollars of March 2000.

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In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama placed heavy emphasis on the middle class and middle class economics. What characteristics determine whether someone is “middle class”? Which political party do Americans feel help the middle class the most?

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Throughout Europe, several central banks have started charging customers negative interest rates, something that is very rarely done. In the U.S. only two major banks has adopted the same method so far, but some analysts suggest others may potentially follow, a practice signifying a considerable threat to the banking system.

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New rules to require more bank liquidity are achieving the opposite, driving it out.

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Our current inflation rate is impacting our GDP, unemployment rate, and overall economy. Also, recent updates to net neutrality are analyzed.

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