Defining Ideas articles by David R. Henderson

February 18, 2014

Obamacare's 'Disincentive' Scheme

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The law taxes low-income people and encourages them to work less.
January 7, 2014

The Legacy of Walter Oi (1929-2013)

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We no longer have a military draft thanks, in large part, to this free-market economist.
October 17, 2013

Three Cheers for Three Nobels

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To the Committee’s credit, the prizes were based primarily on the importance of the three economists’ work.
June 7, 2013

When Government Cries Wolf

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Image credit: Barbara Kelley
An overdose of "warnings" puts our lives at risk.
September 27, 2012

The Bottom One Percent

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To lower taxes, free all prisoners who have committed victimless crimes.
June 20, 2012

A Fiscal History Lesson

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Following World War II, government spending cuts led to an incredible economic boom.
December 1, 2011

Keynes a la Mode

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Was the economist truly a “capitalist revolutionary,” as a new book claims?
July 27, 2011

The FDA’s War on Drugs

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When it comes to off-label uses, government policy is harming sick people.
June 1, 2011

Northern Exposure

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A prudent Canada shows up debt-ridden America.