Contributed Blogs

The logic of cutting payroll taxes

imo-blogPayroll taxes are by no means the only thing that stops people from working, but one of President Obama’s payroll tax cut proposals could nonetheless create a million or more jobs, according to economics professor Casey B. Mulligan.

Making pay-for-performance plans pay off

imo-blogPay for performance systems are easy to get wrong — encouraging the wrong behaviors while creating uncertainty and resentment. Here are four steps to getting them right, developed with the input of turnaround CEO Bob Papes.

The customer is always right — and talkative

imo-blogCustomer’s expectations are at an all-time high and for a lot of people and a lot of companies, it is frightening.  For years businesses have been able to get by treating people mediocre and still making the deal.  They were able to hold a high gross profit all while having a low customer satisfaction number.  Well not anymore.

Create trust with the humble job description

imo-blogThe CEO should be first in line to push for accurate, public job descriptions. When a team member is doing exactly what she should do, and everyone can tell she’s exceeding expectations, and then she gets promoted, that promotion creates a sense of satisfaction for everyone.

The danger of structural unemployment

imo-blogPoliticians are going to great lengths to avoid talking about the real effect of structural unemployment that we are now facing. This oblivious attitude, this constant pointing to the sliver of sunlight on dark and dreary days, is not only wishful thinking but destructive.

Flailing newspaper economy takes experience down with it

imo-blogOSU economist Patrick Emerson bemoans the "children's crusade" at the Oregonian newspaper, and the failing newspaper economy that has pushed the state's largest daily into hiring cheaper, younger reporters while letting veterans go.

Creating jobs without increasing the deficit

imo-blogOregon economist Mark Thoma says we should ask the wealthy to finance job creation programs, reasoning that it's not as powerful as deficit spending, but it's better than nothing at all.

Conerly forecasts moderate economic growth

imo-blogOregon economist Bill Conerly gives his revised economic forecast, now going through 2013, predicting moderate growth in most of the forecast horizon and an acceleration to somewhat stronger growth near the end of this year and the beginning of next.

Can Apple still be Apple after Jobs?

imo-blogNobody, not even Steve Jobs, can say for sure whether Apple can still be Apple without him at the helm. There are three reasons that it might — and one big reason that it might not —according to David Pogue, the New York Times' technology writer.