Salim Furth, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the co-director of its Urbanity Project.

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August 5, 2019, 4:31 PM EDT
HUD Secretary Ben Carson and President Donald J. Trump about to shake hands. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
September 26, 2017, 4:24 PM EDT
As Puerto Ricans begin to clean up the rubble in the wake of Hurricane Maria, they are already looking to their fellow Americans on the mainland for help.
May 24, 2017, 9:38 AM EDT
President Donald Trump officially submitted his completed budget to Congress.
February 14, 2017, 4:00 PM EST
The Forgotten Man is back with a vengeance.
February 9, 2017, 9:03 AM EST
The costs of raising the minimum wage are high.
October 5, 2016, 3:15 PM EDT
Obama admin is pulling on the wrong end in tug of war over housing regulation.
September 6, 2016, 10:28 AM EDT
Why does Puerto Rico need help?
August 9, 2016, 8:46 AM EDT
Our convoluted tax code hurts the economy by limiting its growth and potential, and decreases the general welfare by taking the life out of vibrant, healthy taxpayer budgets.
June 30, 2016, 9:46 AM EDT
The U.K.'s decision to stay out of the euro currency contains an unexpected lesson.
June 28, 2016, 9:33 AM EDT
The U.S. economy is linked to the British economy through trade and global finance.
June 9, 2016, 2:22 PM EDT
Such an unprecedented stay on litigation is contrary to the rule of law and bad policy, and is particularly troublesome for Puerto Rico, whose government has proven inept, reckless, and corrupt.
March 28, 2016, 5:29 PM EDT
When Congress and the Obama administration passed and implemented extremely strict fuel economy regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claimed that it would save consumers a few thousand dollars on gas and only add $948 to the price of a new car.
March 7, 2016, 5:22 PM EST
As Michigan voters head to the polls on Tuesday, they should ask candidates whether they will leave in place costly regulations that have added thousands to the price of new cars and depressed sales for the state’s iconic industry.
June 1, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
The Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, a move that will help some workers at the expense of others and lead to higher prices for consumers as businesses pass along the new expense.
May 22, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT
If a policy change results in large numbers of poor people losing their jobs, would The Washington Post downplay the job destruction as a minor effect that can be worked around? That’s how Post reporter Lydia DePillis skirts the horrifying result of a 1970s minimum-wage increase in Puerto Rico, which destroyed one in 11 jobs on the island and forced many of the poor to emigrate.
May 12, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT
A left-wing confab wants to rewrite the rules for how Americans do business with each other, their government, and the world. The Roosevelt Institute is hosting a conference to highlight their new report, Rewriting the Rules. The premises of the effort are a wise observation and a foolish conclusion. Wisely, the authors realize that economic outcomes are strongly determined by the rules, legal and social, that guide which markets exist, how contracts are enforced, and what decisions individuals are allowed to make for themselves. Foolishly, the authors think that many of the bedrock rules that brought us the most peaceful, wealthiest, and healthiest civilization in human history are disposable.
January 29, 2015, 1:37 PM EST
It is well-established in theory and practice that unemployment insurance increases unemployment. But by how much?
October 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT
Good economic news has been rare enough the past few years that it’s easy to be skeptical when it appears. But data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say job vacancies, economy-wide, rose 18 percent during the first half of 2014. And Gallup polling data show the same thing: a 20 percent increase in respondents who report that their company is hiring new people.