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Why Trickle Down Doesn’t Work

Summary:

  • Tax cuts for the wealthy doesn’t trickle down, at least not in the US, the evidence is clear.
  • Tax cuts for corporations might fare a little better through increased investments

What’s The Difference Between Business Etiquette And Business Ethics?

The rules of both business ethics and business etiquette are the foundations of strong, productive professional relationships. You wouldn’t want to do business with people who worked for an organization that had little regard for

Who becomes an inventor?

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but new research examines what spawns the inventor.

To spur innovation, it helps to have the right environment. And according to a comprehensive analysis by SIEPR Senior

Employee Ownership

Expanding AHMM becomes latest employee-owned practice

AJ100 big-hitter AHMM has taken advantage of tax rules created in 2014 to become an employee ownership trust (EOT) The move means that employees are now majority owners of the nation’s fourth largest architectural practiceand will

ESOPs should be taxed only when benefits are realized

ESOPs should be taxed only when the benefits are realised by an employee, said a report on taxation in the digital economy. Companies offer stocks to their employees by way of Employee Stock Option Plans

Arborwell transitions to ESOP

HAYWARD, Calif. – Arborwell Inc., a tree management company, transitioned to employee ownership by becoming a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trust. The tree care company’s 200 employees have become beneficial owners through

Environment

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In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap -- and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more. University of Washington researchers are the first

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

BINGHAMTON, NY - A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics. The team,

Warmed up and raring to go: What happens when a car starts in the cold?

Internal combustion engines are currently under fire – time and again. The first issue was diesel soot, but that could be addressed with particle filters. Then, again with the diesel, harmful nitrogen oxides came into

Poverty and Prosperity

The surprising factors driving murder rates: income inequality and respect

A 17-year-old boy shoots a 15-year-old stranger to death, apparently believing that the victim had given him a dirty look. A Chicago man stabs his stepfather in a fight over whether his entry into his parents’ house without knocking was

How toilets fight poverty

Whether in an emergency, or for everyday use at home or at school, toilets are essential. Yet, more than 4.5 billion people don’t have a proper toilet. That’s according to the UN and the good

Economic Inequality and Health Inequality Are Inextricably Linked

The devastation to struggling small towns and cities of Appalachia and the Northeast unleashed by the opioid epidemic has brought renewed attention to the connection between the physical health of individuals and the economic health

Health

Understanding the voices in our head

As far our brains are concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loud, new research shows. The findings may have important implications for understanding why

CRISPR-Cas9 technique targeting epigenetics reverses disease

In a paper appearing in the journal Cell on December 7, scientists at the Salk Institute report a modified CRISPR-Cas9 technique that alters the activity, rather than the underlying sequence, of disease-associated genes. The researchers

Tackling the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

The high cost of prescription drugs in the United States came under scrutiny in a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicines, “Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative,” co-authored by Stanford

Impact Investing

More & More Millennials Choosing Socially Responsible & Moral Investing

Over three-quarters of Millennial investors are currently choosing to or are interested in investing their finances in socially responsible and impacting investment options that aim to create positive change in the world, according to a

These New Funds Let You Invest According To Your Values–And Help Nonprofits

If you don’t like the idea of investing in companies with poor records on issues like sexual harassment in the workplace or gender diversity in boardrooms, here’s a new option for you. The Impact Shares

Building Resilience With Climate Smart Agriculture

The agriculture sector is highly dependent on consistent climatic conditions to produce food. The roughly 475 million smallholder farmers in developing countries, who rely largely on rain-fed rather than irrigated agriculture, will play a critical role in

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Can Firms Help Employees Make Better Retirement Choices?

Retirement savings plans have been in the news lately as Republicans eyed limits on the maximum pretax 401(k) contributions as a way to fund the cuts outlined in their tax proposal. The 401(k) plan has

Is it time to offer financial education as a benefit?

Whether employers realize it or not, they have employees who are distracted at work due to stress about their personal finances. According to a recent report from the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation, one in four workers

Employees’ sense of financial well-being on the decline

The markets might be casting a rosy glow over the economy, but employees aren’t feeling the love. In fact, after several years of steady improvement, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson, their feelings have

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