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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Management Institute 2015

For the past five years I have given a session on health care and the workplace from an economic perspective for The Management Institute at Roanoke College.

Tonight I taught the class of 2015. These sessions largely focus on the ACA and how it will impact employers.

I often learn more from the students than they learn from me. I get to hear first-hand accounts of how the legislation is impacting their place of work. Some of them are owners or managers and they share the harsh realities that they deal with on a daily basis.

Below is my PowerPoint from the session tonight. I wish that I could include a video of the great insights these folks had, but alas, you will have to make due with good ol', dismal economics.

See you at the banquet TMI Class of 2015,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The economics of the employer mandate

Last fall I was invited to write an essay for a publication. My contribution was to comment on some aspect of the ACA. I decided to focus on the employer mandate and potential effects on the US labor market.

Writing/presenting about the law is always a challenge as it 1) seems to constantly change and 2) there is very little data available since many aspects of the law are just beginning. I gave it a fair shot relying on economic theory and what little we do know as of now.

You can read the draft of my essay below.