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How Regulation Kills Middle-Class Jobs

It’s no secret that we’ve observed a rise in wage inequality over the past two decades. Although blue-collar wages and employment in manufacturing experienced a substantial bump over the past three years, the middle class has been hollowed out: Workers in the middle of the skill distribution have seen the weakest growth in wages and jobs.

Understanding the source of these changes in the labor market is a prerequisite for producing effective public-policy prescriptions. Otherwise, any “solutions” may end up being counterproductive.

In a recent working paper released through the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Georgetown professor Alberto Rossi and I investigate changes in the labor market for financial services, focusing on the rise of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers. STEM employment grew by 22 percent between 2011 and 2017, exceeding growth in any other sector besides professional services. STEM jobs are associated with large wage

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Denver business helps gyms rebound with chalk that kills coronavirus

DENVER — Colorful climbing walls and other gym equipment can be difficult to disinfect but that’s where a Colorado company is finding success with a new chalk that kills coronavirus.

Denver-based Friction Labs has been producing climbing chalk for about seven years, but this latest product was born out of necessity.

“So after the pandemic hit pretty much overnight we were down about 70%,” said Keah Kalantari, co-founder of Friction Labs.

When gyms were forced to close in March, sales dropped off and the owners were worried about the future of their business.

“We had the idea for making a hand sanitizer chalk, if that was even possible,” said Kevin Brown, co-owner and CEO.

Friction Labs rolled out a new liquid chalk product that that’s made up of 80% ethanol and although it’s not technically a hand sanitizer, it kills coronavirus. A team of CU Anchutz researchers tested the product

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