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by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
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by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
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By Lew's Logic, All Tax Breaks Are Unpatriotic

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Monday, July 28, 2014

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is continuing the Barack Obama administration’s war on corporate “inversions” by writing in today's Washington Post that such activity is akin to economic treason. The practice of inversion, whereby U.S.-based companies merge with foreign ones and then declare that they are based abroad, is denounced as an unpatriotic way for corporations to minimize tax obligations.

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Sam Altman on Start-ups, Venture Capital, and the Y Combinator

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 28, 2014

Sam Altman, president of startup accelerating firm Y Combinator, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Y Combinator's innovative strategy for discovering, funding, and coaching groundbreaking startups, what the company looks for in a potential startup, and Silicon Valley's attitude toward entrenched firms. The two also discuss Altman's thoughts on sectors of the economy that are ripe for innovation and how new firms are revolutionizing operations in these industries.

Steve Wynn Entrepreneur
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Part II: Steve Wynn discusses his life as an entrepreneur and how he creates experiences that keep customers returning

interview with Steve Wynnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 25, 2014

Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts,  in the second part of his interview,  discusses further his life as an entrepreneur, what he does to motivate his employees, and how he creates experiences that keep customers’ returning. 

Featured Commentary

How Not to Fix the Economy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 25, 2014

Six years into expansion following the 2001 recession, the post-Y2K collapse of the stock-market bubble and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the economy is sharply slowing. The risk of recession is growing.

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Notable & Quotable – Gary Becker

by Gary S. Beckervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 25, 2014

University of Chicago economist Gary Becker writing at www.becker-posner-blog.com:

Blogs

Discussion of Policy Rule Legislation Continues

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Discussion and debate about new policy rule legislation continued during the past week.  I replied to Alan Blinder’s  article, “An Unnecessary Fix for the Fed,” published in the Wall Street Journal last Friday (July 18).  I show that Alan’s article was actually criticizing a straw man of his own making, not the proposed law itself. His main argument is that the legislation “seeks to intrude on the Fed’s ability to conduct an independent monetary policy, free of political interference.”  I anticipated and refuted this argument in an article, “How to Spark Another ‘Great Moderation,’” published in Wall Street Journal on July 16. As I stated there, the legislation is very clear that “the Fed, not Congress, would choose the rule and how to describe it” and “since the Fed chooses its own rule, its independence is maintained.” My response goes into more detail.

Economics Abstract
Interviews

Russ Roberts on Planet Money (2:27)

interview with Russell Robertsvia Planet Money, NPR
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Research Fellow Russ Roberts discussed economics on NPR's Planet Money

Euro with a life saver
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Europe’s Options

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Many Europeans have come to believe that they have weathered the economic and financial storm. In the last two years, deficits and debt have stabilized. Yields on the sovereign debt of the eurozone periphery’s weak economies have fallen sharply. Portugal and Ireland have exited their bailout programs. Talk of Greece leaving the euro has subsided.

Other Media

The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom

quoting Bill Whalenvia Huffington Post
Monday, July 21, 2014

You may remember that straight San Francisco mayor with the perfect hair and square jaw who stood athwart history yelling, “Yes!” to gay marriage.

Other Media

Chris Blattman on Cash, Poverty, and Development

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 21, 2014

Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues facing aid activists and researchers.

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