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A reckless path

Q&A | Could Argentina's economic miseries happen here?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/16/20, 11:45 am

Economist Vito Tanzi grew up in Italy, gained a Harvard Ph.D., became a senior staff member of the International Monetary Fund for 27 years, and is now honorary president of the International Institute of Public Finance. Here are edited excerpts of our interview.

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High pay, high prices, fewer jobs

by Hannah Harris
Posted 7/30/19, 10:52 am

Emeryville, Calif., the Bay Area home of Pixar Animation Studios, has the highest minimum wage in the nation: $16.30 an hour. Some small businesses are laying off employees and raising prices.

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City of empty suites

Regulation | New York considers a big tax on expensive, unoccupied condos
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/26/19, 05:04 pm

A New York moment:

A friend of mine works in the construction industry here and has taken me to top penthouse apartments during construction, the ones with price tags north of $50 million. Any price tag over my monthly rent invoice makes my eyes glaze over, and sometimes even the rent bill does that. 

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