Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

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Which political party is better for the economy?

Which political party is better for the economy?

Which political party is better for the economy? Well, from a social science perspective that's not exactly the right question. But WalletHub asked the question and posted this feature article on the effects of different political parties on stock prices, jobs,...

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WNC breweries seeing impact of can shortage

WNC breweries seeing impact of can shortage

A perfect storm is brewing for beer producers in the form of short supply vs. high demand when it comes to packaging their products. Manufacturers of aluminum cans used for canning beer and soft drinks are in overdrive trying to keep pace with increased demand.  A...

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Which political party is better for the economy?

Which political party is better for the economy?

Which political party is better for the economy? Well, from a social science perspective that's not exactly the right question. But WalletHub asked the question and posted this feature article on...

Wrap up of Davis — Cawthorn Debate

Wrap up of Davis — Cawthorn Debate

The march to Washington for NC District 11 Congressional candidates Moe Davis and Madison Cawthorn made a stop Saturday night at WCU for the second of two scheduled forums hosted by local media. The...

Grant to fund COVID-19 economic impact study

Grant to fund COVID-19 economic impact study

The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise's research on the economic impacts of COVID-19 got a boost recently thanks to a grant from the NC Policy Collaboratory. The $109,000 grant will enable the...

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