Category Archives: Labor

Why We Should Reformat Digital Academic Transcripts

Why are we still sending PDFs of college transcripts to employers, let alone paper copies? This means that someone will have to physically open it, read it, and then make a decision. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” This is especially true in business, but human resources can easily take up a lot of financial resources.

On top of this, we run into the issue of employers relying strictly on GPAs, which aren’t very reflective of skills. Skills are better found in individual grades, but there’s no way to quickly analyze based on this due to how transcripts are sent and received. However, if we were follow this one suggestion, we could forever change the playing field of how employers select people for an interview.

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Why the University of Washington's Study on Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase is Not Flawed

Late last month, a team of economists at the University of Washington released their findings on the past couple minimum wage increases in Seattle. Unsurprisingly, this was covered by just about every news outlet. To my surprise, many are divided over what the Seattle economists found. Economists at UC Berkeley did their own study and had different findings. This led to a lot of people, including economists, calling the University of Washington’s study flawed. The only problem is that their study isn’t as flawed as critics claim.

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Apple to Possibly Manufacture in India? What This Means for China

Something that I’ve kept to myself, and between a few close friends, is a personal prediction about Apple: If Apple ever figures out that the US Dollar is more valuable in India than it is in China, it may pull out of China (partially or completely). More importantly, this should be an alarming wakeup call to China. Recently, China has been making some serious demands to Donald Trump. Many liberals have made it clear that they don’t like President-Elect Trump. But this is a time where maybe they should consider something before they start hating on Trump’s attitude towards China.

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President Obama's Economy: The Past Eight Years

Now that President Barack Obama is just a couple of weeks away from transferring power to President-elect Donald Trump, news reports are coming out in praise for who will soon be a former president. Recently, I published an article that shows what the employment situation really looks like when we look outside of the confines of the unemployment rate. Let’s apply this concept to the entire tenure of Barack Obama and see exactly how things look comprehensively compared to when he took office.

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Trump's Path to 270: The Power of Endorsements

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has received plenty of endorsements by prominent leaders and other elected officials in America. A few states that I believe would be very helpful to Trump would be in battleground states and likely blue states where he has received endorsements from governors. This includes Maine (4 electoral votes), New Jersey (14 electoral votes), and Florida (29 electoral votes). Does Trump need to put a lot of effort in these states to win? Maybe, but it may not be as necessarily as one might think.

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Oregon Business Agenda: Give Some Authority Back to Counties

Rural Oregon, especially eastern Oregon, is experiencing some serious economic hardship. These areas feel quite neglected from the state and have been pretty vocal about it. Does Governor Kate Brown acknowledge that? Who knows? Maybe she did and nobody covered it. But until that’s something to be proven, we have to assume that she did not. Why should we care? It’s just farm land and whatnot, right? Rural Oregon, believe it or not, still brings in a good amount of money to the state. Eastern Oregon has been considering joining Idaho and Idaho doesn’t have a problem with that.

As I mentioned in the last article, I have an agenda for Oregon’s businesses that I believe will help turn our economy back around and help Oregon get back on its feet. There’s still time to kick start this recovery. I firmly believe that a big start is allowing the counties to make deicisions about labor for themselves.

NOTE: This article is part of a series that outlines a common sense agenda for the benefit of all Oregonians.

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Oregon Business Agenda: Taxes and Tax Reform

Oregon is in deep trouble right now. Between March, 1996 and February, 2015, the unemployment rate in Oregon has been higher than the federal rate. Its manufacturing jobs have all skipped town, the timber industry is nearly non-existent, and many are continuously fighting for higher business taxes so that they pay their “fair share.” The cause of this has been a mixture of state and federal legislation that just isn’t in the best interest of Oregon and its residents. I have an agenda that I believe would help put Oregon in the right direction: Progress and prosperity.

NOTE: This article is part of a series that outlines a common sense agenda for the benefit of all Oregonians.

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Economic Analysis of Oregon's Gubernatorial Election: Oregon Voted for the Wrong Candidate

As everybody knows, election day was this month. This day was a chance for Oregon to move forward in the right direction. Below is a picture of how the gubernatorial election went in Oregon. Even though the majority of the state, in terms of counties, voted for Dennis Richardson, John Kitzhaber won the higher populated areas of Portland and Eugene. In the form of an economic analysis, complete with what we can expect, here’s why Oregon chose poorly.

Oregon is always called a blue state, but results always say otherwise.

Oregon is always called a blue state, but county results usually say otherwise. (Click to Enlarge)

What Oregon Had at Stake

Oregon had a lot riding on this election. More jobs, better education, and less waste of money. These were desperately wanted in Oregon. Now that John Kitzhaber is serving a fourth term, the issues Oregonians really care about will most likely not be addressed. At least, not for the next four years. It was very clear: Under Kitzhaber, we had higher unemployment than the national average and our high school graduation rates were pretty low compared to the rest of America. Under Richardson, we would have someone doing their best to see that all of these things were improved. In order to economically survive as a state, the state needs to ensure that jobs are available to those seeking employment, education is nothing less than top quality, and that state money is carefully monitored.

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Why An Oregon With a $15 Minimum Wage Isn't a Good Idea

It would seem that some people don’t really care about economics or anything when it matters most; of course, “it” meaning the minimum wage. In fact, people seem to really care about economics only when it agrees with them. Hence, we have liberal economists who twist the principles of economics without telling those who agree with them the flip side, the truth. This is why people who understand economics are frustrated with those who don’t and push for a minimum wage increase. Maybe it should be increased, but not up to $15.
People might say that Oregon isn’t thinking about a $15 minimum wage. I tell anybody who thinks this that they obviously don’t know about 15 Now PDX, or they don’t read this article by The Oregonian or that article by The Oregonian. Perhaps they’re very oblivious and don’t even know that Koin 6 News has an article about it. Obviously, there is an organization and three articles about it. Oregon has many people with plans to try to raise the minimum wage to $15. As a matter of fact, there’s a large possibility that a measure on the 2016 ballot for Oregonians to vote on it may show up.
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Think Like an Economist: What it Means and How You Can Do It

These ‘keep calm and carry on’ style pictures have become very popular over the past few years. I came across this one when I was looking for pictures of economics (imagine what that’s like…). I was intrigued and even inspired to use this as a profile picture for my blog’s Facebook page (which you should totally like). I felt like it gave meaning to my writing. It’s nice to think that it helps others understand that my blog posts aren’t just for reading, they’re also for pondering about.
Either way, I after some time, I felt like it was about time that I wrote about what it means to “think like an economist.” After all, I am so thoroughly convinced that if everybody tried thinking as economists think that everybody would be much happier than they were before. Of course, we must first understand what it means to think as an economist.
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