Labor Force

The Continued Costs of COVID-19 and Lack of Flights

Today, we are living in a historical period of the first “services recession.” This recession started with the invisible enemy, or better known as the COVID-19 virus, which interrupted our daily lives. With this widespread impact and unexpected conditions on our economy, it is difficult to detect any similarities or patterns from past recessions. As … Continue reading

Economy / Labor Force

Help Wanted: 5G Tower Climbers

On January 22, 2020, I was fortunate to attend a senate hearing administered by United States Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Roger Wicker. Wicker’s agenda of the hearing pertained to the installation of the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless communication across the U.S. The installation of this new technology … Continue reading

Understanding Universal Basic Income
Economy / Labor Force / Social Insurance Programs / U.S. Domestic Policy

Understanding Universal Basic Income

Introduction In December 2018, Finland’s Social Insurance Institution, KELA, terminated their two-year Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiment that aimed to “increase employment and simplify the Social Security system” citing insignificant changes in the employment rate of participants. Despite this outcome, prominent U.S. figures–such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg– and the California Democratic Party still … Continue reading

Trump’s H-1B Policies Are Neither Buying American Nor Hiring American
Economy / Immigration / Labor Force

Trump’s H-1B Policies Are Neither Buying American Nor Hiring American

Three months after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order enacting a trademark promise of his campaign: “Buy American, Hire American.” Among other things, the order directed his administration to review the current immigration system and determine policies for the United States to promote higher wages and employment for American workers. One the … Continue reading

The Inefficiencies of Employer-Sponsored Visa Caps
Immigration / Labor Force / Politics

The Inefficiencies of Employer-Sponsored Visa Caps

by Finn D. Reynolds On April 6th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap for 2019, as well as the 20,000 cap for advanced degree petitioners. This comes just five days after USCIS started accepting H-1B petitions, and marks the sixth consecutive year that it reached the … Continue reading

The Opioid Epidemic’s Age Blindness
America / Labor Force / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Opioid Epidemic’s Age Blindness

The single strongest indicator of the opioid crisis is drug overdoses, which have grown rapidly in recent years due to opioid dependency. The rise in overdose deaths has been driven by opioid dependency, fueled by over prescription. Between 1999 and 2015, prescription opioid sales per capita rose 356 percent[1]. During that period, opioid-related deaths quadrupled. … Continue reading

Free Trade Works For Millennials
America / Economy / Education / Politics / Trade

Free Trade Works For Millennials

Photo courtesy of House Ways and Means Committee. By Rahee Jung and Finn D. Reynolds Executive Summary: Recent polls reveal that millennials support U.S. engagement in free trade agreements more than all other age demographics. Policymakers should take note of this trend, and further engage the United States in free trade agreements to grow the economy … Continue reading