PERC Blog


Authored by PERC staff, the PERC Blog focuses on policy issues including economic trends, fiscal policy, Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs, income inequality and Federal Reserve policy.

Medicaid Growth

Posted: October 01, 2021 by Andrew J. Rettenmaier
Medicaid enrollment and spending have grown substantially since the start of the pandemic. Such growth is expected during an economic downturn as unemployment rises, hours worked fall, and people become eligible for Medicaid coverage. However, the program has also been growing faster than other categories of health care spending over the past te...
Tags: Health care

Before Thinking About Expanding Medicare, Read the Trustees Reports

Posted: September 16, 2021 by Dennis W. Jansen, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
The Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports were finally released on August 31, or almost five months after their scheduled release date of April 1. This year’s release date was the latest since 1967 when the April 1 release date was established. You may think that the delay was due to some surprising development with the programs&rs...
Tags: Federal Debt, Health care

Apology Forthcoming?

Posted: May 26, 2021 by Dennis W. Jansen
On March 2 Governor Abbott announced that businesses in Texas could reopen at 100% capacity, and he lifted the statewide mask mandate.  (Local businesses were of course allowed to require their customers to wear masks inside their shops.) The very next day, President Biden called this decision by Governor Abbott a “big ...
Tags: Economic Trends, Health care

Texas Unemployment Rates Rise in All Texas MSAs

Posted: October 29, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen, Carlos I. Navarro, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
The unemployment rate increased between August and September in all 25 Texas metro areas according to yesterday’s release of labor area unemployment statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure below depicts the August and September unemployment rates for all Texas MSAs. The solid portion of each bar shows the Au...
Tags: Economic Trends, Health care

Hope Mounts as Covid-19 Counts Decrease in Texas – Updated August 4, 2020

Posted: August 05, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen
The continued economic growth and reopening of the economy in Texas, and in Brazos County, critically depend on getting a handle on the recent surge of Covid-19 cases. Fortunately, recent evidence over the past weeks shows very good news, with declining rates of new infections and decreasing counts of active cases in most of the major population...
Tags: Health care

Dealing With COVID-19 in Texas: Goodbye China, Hello Sweden

Posted: May 27, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen, Liqun Liu
Among the many strategies undertaken by the countries in the world to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, two extreme forms stand out prominently. One is China's heavy-handed authoritarian approach which prescribes what individuals and businesses should and should not do with little consideration of civil liberties.  The primary goal...
Tags: Economic Trends, Health care

Private-Public Partnership in Fighting Covid-19

Posted: May 18, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen, Liqun Liu
Mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic is a public health campaign that requires the joint efforts of both the private sector and the government.  Private enterprises provide creative solutions to a host of problems encountered in the pandemic, whereas appropriately placed government interventions take a social perspective in the fight against Co...
Tags: Fiscal Policy, Health care

How Did China Do It?

Posted: March 25, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen, Liqun Liu, Andrew J. Rettenmaier
By the time a lockdown was imposed on January 23, 2020 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of Covid-19 pandemic, five million people had traveled out of the city in the previous few weeks, according to the city’s mayor.  It was the peak of the pre-holiday traveling season, and Wuhan is a major transportation center in Ch...
Tags: Economic Trends, Health care

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