Megan McArdle



Apr 28, 2016
"In one year," wrote Warren Meyer in 2015, "I literally spent more personal time on compliance with a single regulatory issue -- implementing increasingly detailed and draconian procedures so I could prove to the State of California that my employees were not working over...


Apr 21, 2016
The other day, I tackled the vexing question of why so few Americans seem able to save enough. Today I'll tackle the vexing corollary to this question: the assertion that if individuals can't manage to save, the government must step in. Corporate pensions are dying, the...


Apr 20, 2016
Why can so few people seem to save any money? The number of people scraping along from paycheck to paycheck is astonishing; surveys routinely find that somewhere between a third and half of all Americans don't have the savings to fund ordinary emergencies -- a moderately...


Apr 14, 2016
Well, the hammer has fallen: The largest health insurer in the U.S. has started pulling out of select Obamacare exchanges.Five months ago UnitedHealth, which had been singing sunny songs to investors about its bright future on the exchanges, abruptly began crooning the...


Apr 12, 2016
Last week I pointed out that the U.S. had fared pretty well from the leak of the Panama Papers. There are Americans named who hold offshore accounts, to be sure, but so far, they seem to be random people with a bit of money, not a Who's Who of our richest and most powerful...


Apr 7, 2016
The leak of confidential documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca has had many interesting results. We've seen the biggest dump of confidential documents in history. Prominent international figures have been revealed as the holders, or near-holders, of shadowy...


Apr 6, 2016
New York state has always been a very expensive place to do business. Soon, it will be more expensive still, as the state begins implementing two new programs just signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo: a $15 minimum wage and 12 weeks of paid family leave.I hardly need...


Apr 3, 2016
Every time I write about bias against conservatives in academia, I can count on a few professors writing me to politely suggest that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Sometimes they aren't so polite, either. How would I know what goes on in their hiring meetings, their...

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