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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Lesson Of The Zil

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Forbes
Friday, November 13, 2009

As millions celebrated the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall this past week, I found myself facing up to a discomfiting fact: Although I possess vivid memories of the event, no one under the age of about 25 shares them. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Road Ahead for the Fed

by John B. Taylor with George P. Shultzvia Economics One (blog)
Friday, November 13, 2009

Stories this week in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post focus on how Senator Chris Dodd's new financial reform bill threatens the independence of the Federal Reserve. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

No Tears for a Weak Greenback

by Melvyn B. Kraussvia New York Times
Friday, November 13, 2009

Washington’s policy, devaluing the U.S. dollar to increase U.S. exports, is clearly a “beggar-my-neighbor” policy. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Letter: Looking Again at Reagan and 'Tear Down This Wall'

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In his account of President Ronald Reagan's June 12, 1987 Berlin Wall address ("Four Little Words," op-ed, Nov. 9) Anthony Dolan, my boss in the Reagan speechwriting shop, describes a wonderfully improbable pair of events. . . .

Interviews
Interviews

Americans Charged with Espionage

with Abbas Milanivia KQED
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Three American graduates of UC Berkeley stand accused of espionage by Iranian authorities who have held them since July 31st. . . .

Interviews

Next Steps in Afghanistan

with Larry Diamondvia KQED
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As President Obama meets with military and diplomatic officials about how to proceed in Afghanistan, continued violence there has killed 58 American troops in October, triggered a temporary pullout of more than 600 United Nations personnel and resurrected concerns about the scale of U.S. involvement. . . .

In the News
In the News

The World with Vaclav Klaus: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 13, 2009

Have we drifted from the decisive victories for freedom achieved in 1989? . . .

In the News

Federalist Society Panelist Calls for End of Patent Injunctions

with Richard A. Epstein, F. Scott Kieffvia Legal Times
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Should there be an easier way to infringe patents? . . .

In the News

Education Next: Public School Pension Plans Penalize Teachers Who Move Jobs Across States with Significant Retirement Losses, Researchers Find

with Education Nextvia Business Wire
Thursday, November 12, 2009

A 30-year veteran public school teacher who moves and splits her employment between two state retirement systems is at risk for losing well over one-half of her pension wealth, according to new research from economists Robert M. Costrell of the University of Arkansas and Michael Podgursky of the University of Missouri-Columbia. . . .

In the News

How Little We Know

by Russell Robertsvia Economists' Voice (Berkeley Electronic Press)
Thursday, November 12, 2009

If only preventing financial crashes were as straightforward as preventing airlines crashes. . . .

In the News

A Recipe for Ratings Reform

by Charles Calomirisvia Economists' Voice (Berkeley Electronic Press)
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Contrary to conventional wisdom, incentives to inflate credit ratings reflect pressures from buy-side investors who use inflated ratings to reduce the impact of regulation and ratings-based restrictions on their portfolio holdings. . . .

In the News

Don't Fear Productivity Increases

with Gary S. Beckervia US News and World Report
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The news that productivity was up 9.5 percent in the third quarter, while employment remains depressed, has made some people understandaly worried. . . .

In the News

Klaus, Michnik to attend Havel's celebration of end of Communism

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Prague Daily Monitor
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Polish dissident Adam Michnik and French philosopher Andre Glucksmann will attend the concert on Saturday to be staged by former president Vaclav Havel on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Communist regime, his office told CTK yesterday. . . .

In the News

The world of money according to Niall Ferguson

with Niall Fergusonvia FairfieldMinuteman (CT)
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The world is divided between those who understand the intricacies of money and those who don't. . . .