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A Primer On Government Labor Relations In Missouri Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Public agencies, government unions, and the public have all struggled to makes sense of their respective rights and obligations under the new legal precedent established with the Missouri Supreme Court case: Independence NEA v. Independence School District.

Is There a Link Between Economic Freedom and State Economic Growth? Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer   
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Economists largely agree that there are several crucial factors that explain differences in economic growth across countries and states. These factors are labor, capital, and technology—or, more generically, knowledge. Just how an economy mixes together these necessary building blocks explains why some countries experience sustained economic growth and others do not.

Missouri’s Economic Record In The 21st Century Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer and Michael Rathbone   
Monday, June 02, 2014

One of the more important rankings is how states perform economically compared to one another. In this essay, we will compare Missouri’s economic track record to other states so far in this century.

Increasing The Minimum Wage Does More Harm Than Good Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer   
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Establishing a minimum wage higher than the going wage rate for the low-skilled segment of the working population will harm many of the very workers for whom the minimum wage is supposed to help.



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