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Ben Wilterdink

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Director of Programs Ben Wilterdink has written numerous articles, op-eds, and analyses for the Archbridge Institute in several different outlets, on topics ranging from occupational licensing to youth employment.

To Take on Bernie Sanders, Tell the Truth About the Economy

This article was originally published on Morning Consult. After a surprisingly contentious Democratic debate last week, it’s clear that few of the so-called “moderate”...

Is this the beginning of the end of America’s housing crisis?

This article was originally published on The Hill As the new decade kicks off, there are finally some signs that America’s housing crisis might be...

How Rent Control Threatens the American Dream

There is a very real shortage of affordable housing across America’s most dynamic areas, but rent control is an ineffective solution to this problem.

Playing Fast and Loose With the Economic Facts

Over the past few years, concerns about fake news have taken center stage in news outlets across the country. But as technology allows audiences to further segment and ideological echo chambers have become the norm, less attention has been devoted to the increasingly prolific genre of merely misleading news.

Let Kids be Kids Again: Their Future Depends on It

The kids are most certainly not alright. And as many of America’s employers are now finding out, this means that many junior employees are not doing so well either. New research details how rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are drastically rising among America’s youth. Identifying the causes of these troubling trends and acting quickly to reverse them should be a national priority, and fortunately, there are ways to work toward that goal.

More States Consider Protecting Parents Who Give Kids The Chance to Grow

South Carolina and Connecticut are among two of the latest states that might soon allow kids more opportunities to step out on their own for some time at the park or a walk to school. Following the example of Utah, Lawmakers in South Carolina and Connecticut are two of the latest states to consider changes in state law to protect parents’ ability to allow their children a bit more independence, without worrying that such allowances will be seen as criminally “neglectful” by local authorities.