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Union Attacks Bill Evers for Encouraging "Best-in-the-World" Math

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, January 10, 2010

The teachers' union in Capistrano Unified attacks me for encouraging the district to consider Singapore Math instead of a business-as-usual math textbook series.

Learning from the Great Inflation

by John B. Taylorvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, January 9, 2010

Many are worried that the exploding Federal debt and the expanded Federal Reserve Balance sheet will lead to a large increase in inflation. But when and how fast?

Ben Bernanke’s AEA Speech

by John B. Taylorvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, January 9, 2010

On New Years Day I wrote a piece on the surprising increase in the number of references to the Taylor rule in 2009.

Obama's damaging command climate

by Kori Schakevia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 8, 2010

It was a relief to see Barack Obama take responsibility for the "systemic failure" to protect the American people.  It is surprising, however, to see that be the story lead in so much of the media coverage.  After all, running the government is the presiden

New Year's resolutions for the president

by Kori Schakevia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, January 4, 2010

Bridget Jones laments at the start of her hilarious diary the unfairness of having to "snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds," after the holidays, and yet our tradition is to make resolutions for improvement in the coming year.

The Revolution in the Economic Empowerment of Women

by Gary S. Beckervia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, January 4, 2010

The current issue of the Economist recognizes that the dramatic change in labor force participation of women is one of the most important transformations in the economic and social worlds during the past generation.

From Woodford to DeLong On Monetary Policy Rules

by John B. Taylorvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 1, 2010

Surprisingly, the Taylor rule was referred to more frequently than ever in 2009. According to Google Scholar more articles referred to it than in any year since 1993 when John Lipsky, now First Deputy Managing Director at the IMF, first called the rule by that name.

Subsidies to Small Business?

by Gary S. Beckervia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, December 31, 2009

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address last week, indicated that he would assist small business, particularly to encourage their hiring of additional workers. Two days later he proposed a $33 billion tax credit to small businesses that increase their hiring.

Measuring the Impact of the Stimulus Package with Economic Models

by John B. Taylorvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's been nearly a year since the stimulus package of 2009 was passed. Unfortunately most attempts to answer the question “What was the size of the impact?” are still based on economic models in which the answer is built-in, and was built-in well before the stimulus.

Robert Barro on The Lessons of the Great Depression

by Robert J. Barrovia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Q:  So if I want to understand what happened during the Great Depression – and even what the Obama administration is trying to do now – do I have to start by reading John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money?


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