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John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity

As of August 31, 2013, the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity is no longer active. This page will not be updated with future posts.

Significant gifts for the support of this task force are acknowledged from

  • John and Jean De Nault
  • The JM Foundation

The Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force explores the philosophical, historical, legal, and economic foundations of property rights through scholarship and collaborative research among an interdisciplinary group of scholars that includes economists and legal experts. Together, this team will explore property rights in a contemporary context. Members will examine how secure property rights help foster economic development, encourage natural resource stewardship, advance investment in intellectual and physical capital, encourage sound business practices, and promote liberty and individual responsibility.

Terry Anderson and Gary Libecap are cochairs of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force.

News and Commentary
February 18, 2014

Haber and Calomiris release new book, Fragile by Design

Charles W. Calomiris (right) and Stephen H. Haber, authors of
Image credit: Jay Mallin jay at jaymallinphotos.com

In a new book by Hoover Institution senior fellow Stephen Haber and Charles Calomiris, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, the authors argue that bargains made between politicians, bankers, bank shareholders, depositors, debtors, and taxpayers—as much as economic conditions—lead to banking crises. In their book, they write “the politics we see operating everywhere else around us determines whether societies suffer repeated banking crises … or never suffer banking crises.”

February 6, 2014

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

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Fragile by Design is a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrudes into bank regulation. Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber combine political history and economics to examine how coalitions of politicians, bankers, and other interest groups form, why some endure while others are undermined, and how they generate policies that determine who gets to be a banker, who has access to credit, and who pays for bank bailouts and rescues. For more information, visit the Fragile by Design website here.

October 24, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Libertarian Podcast: Political Correctness, Intellectual Property, and the Washington Redskins

Listen to Political Correctness, Intellectual Property, and the Washington Redskins by Hoover Institution: Richard Epstein analyzes the legal challenge to the name of the Washington Redskins and whether the team should opt for a new moniker. | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.
October 18, 2013 | Washington Examiner

Native Americans Are Among Chief Victims of Big Green's War on Coal

Global government policies to reduce carbon emissions will not prevent a hydrocarbon world. That’s what the World Energy Congress heard this week from energy research experts Wood Mackenzie. The firm's president of global markets, William Durbin, said that coal will surpass oil as the dominant fuel later this decade because of aggressive economic expansion in China and India using the cheapest and most plentiful energy resource. As King Coal rises in Asia - with little or no emissions control - President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is creating a fool's paradise by destroying the world's cleanest, most controlled coal industry with fatal regulations. That does not play well on America's Indian reservations where the “Great White Father in Washington” virtually prohibits development of its vast coal reserves, much of it the cleaner, low-sulfur anthracite.
October 18, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show (1:43)

Guests: Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution. Gregory Copley, author. Lorraine Woellert, Bloomberg.

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