Category Archives: Economics

Optimal currency area

This is a great/brief explanation of an OCA, and a little commentary on the future of the Euro.  (Spoiler alert:  it needs to split into two, to accommodate the economic and cultural differences, aka, Lindsey Lohan yoked to Rosie the … Continue reading

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Fortresses and virgins

I share this bit from Cafe Hayek partly because of what it says about science but mostly for the awesome Ben Franklin quote. In last week’s podcast I spoke with Ian Ayres about the power and limitations of data analysis. … Continue reading

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Has the current expansion grown long in the tooth?

In Red States are Tickled Pink Over the Economy, Jason DeSena Trennert argues that the pessimism about the tax cuts’ affect on the economy may be misplaced – in part due to the differing views of “Wall Street” vs. “Main Street.” … Continue reading

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Book review: The Captured Economy

Fascinating book review at NRO, about The Underlying Cognitive Dissonance of the Left and the Right: Niskanen Center scholars Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles recently published a new book, The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase … Continue reading

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3 reasons to oppose net neutrality

Josh Steimle offers 3 compelling reasons to oppose net neutrality: competition, privacy, and freedom. Competition If the telecoms are forced to compete in a truly free market, Comcast and Time Warner won’t exist 10 years from now. They’ll be replaced by … Continue reading

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Tax reform and millennials

h/t Daniel Henninger writing in today’s WSJ The swath of the electorate whose view of the Republican tax effort intrigues me the most is the group that has the least experience with the tax system but a lot to gain … Continue reading

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The virtues of 18th-century mercantilism

Nice piece on comparative advantage and the benefits of being the world’s reserve currency. Kevin D. Williamson writes that Americans have a strange love-hate relationship with our consumer goods: We love our stuff, and we hate the people who sell it … Continue reading

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