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Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

A Post-GDP World? How to Measure Real Progress in America

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

How should the US government institute supplemental national accounts that better reflect the well-being of the nation? The question stems from a central premise that new comprehensive indicators would lead to better-informed policymaking, and, in turn, genuine advances in the nation's prosperity.

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.