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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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virginia Real Estate Index Report is here

This week the Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research released my Real Estate Index Report for the first quarter of 2015.

Overall the market is looking strong, with sellers more optimistic about the future. The table below shows the February 2015 index values for Virginia. An index value greater than zero means that more people are optimistic than pessimistic.

Virginia Real Estate Indexes 

You can read the report here and/or watch an interview I did for WDBJ7 below.

Consumers optimistic about 2015 real estate market