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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Punishing Allies . . .

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, December 7, 2009

The view of Obama from Central Europe. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

An Empire at Risk

by Niall Fergusonvia Newsweek
Monday, December 7, 2009

Call the United States what you like—superpower, hegemon, or empire—but its ability to manage its finances is closely tied to its ability to remain the predominant global military power. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

We must do to oil what was done to salt a century ago

by James Woolseyvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Today's huge global energy problems in no small measure reflect the essentially 19th-century business plans that three of the world's largest industries still pursue. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Value-added education in the race to the top

by David Davenport with Eric Hanushekvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bill Clinton may have invented triangulation - the art of finding a "third way" out of a policy dilemma - but U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is practicing it to make desperately needed improvements in K-12 education. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Change We Can Believe In

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, November 29, 2009

So, fellow critics of Obama, what would we do instead? . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 29, 2009

A foreign policy of penance has won America no friends. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

How to Increase Employment

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, November 29, 2009

During this "Great Recession", unemployment has risen from under 5% at the beginning of the recession in December of 2007 to more than double that rate to reach its highest level so far in October of 10.2%. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Bob Murphy on EMH

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ever since I was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester's B-school (now called the Simon School) in the late 1970s, I have believed in the Efficient Markets Hypothesis. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Government can't pick the winners

by Michael J. Boskinvia Globe and Mail (Canada)
Thursday, November 26, 2009

One of the worst official responses to the financial crisis and recession has been the revival of “industrial policy.” . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Accountability and the Web

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Musician Dave Carroll recently posted a video on YouTube after United Airlines refused to take responsibility for one of its employees' having wrecked his Taylor guitar. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, November 26, 2009

When it comes to the problems facing this country, an old slogan comes to mind: “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Be Thankful But Study What Happened

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

With the consumption data released today--the day before Thanksgiving--we are reminded to give thanks that retail sales are at least growing not declining sharply as they were a year ago. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Heads they win, tails we lose

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I want to get rid of government rescues. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

With this timid choice of leaders, the EU may have the faces it deserves

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The holders of the new top jobs can perfectly represent a Europe that does not dare to project its values as a continent. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Playing with our money

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

If creditors know they’ll be bailed out, aggressive investors borrow from them, leveraging their returns and paying themselves a lot of money along the way, justified by the short-term profits. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Riding the Back of the Tiger

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What Causes Wars?. . .

Analysis and Commentary

Price Discrimination: Illegal or Not?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In his excellent post on price discrimination and how pervasive it seems to be, Arnold states: The manufacturer would like to charge $400 to JS and $200 to BZ. However, to do so blatantly would be illegal. . . .

In the News
In the News

Boettke on Elinor Ostrom, Vincent Ostrom, and the Bloomington School

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 30, 2009

Peter Boettke of George Mason University and author of Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School (co-authored with Paul Dragos Aligica), talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Bloomington School--the political economy of Elinor Ostrom (2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics), Vincent Ostrom, and their students and colleagues at Indiana University. . . .

In the News

Why we do the things we do

via Boston Globe
Sunday, November 29, 2009

All of us have asked ourselves: “Why do other people often make such odd decisions?’’ . . .

In the News

Myth Defied

with Bertrand M. Patenaude, Robert Servicevia Minneapolis Star Tribune
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Two biographies of the Russian revolutionary get past the myths and explore the life and death of Trotsky - who was just as ruthless as Stalin. . . .

In the News

Banks must repay state aid to avoid "time bomb": Kroes

with Niall Fergusonvia Reuters
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rising state debt is a "time bomb" that could bring down banks if governments default on state bonds, Europe's competition commissioner said on Saturday. . . .

In the News

Democracy, not elite power games, should drive Kenya's Draft debate

with Larry Diamondvia Citizen (Tanzania)
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Renowned political scientist Larry Diamond, in Foreign Affairs magazine (April 2008), clustered Kenya together with an emerging axis of democracies at risk. . . .

In the News

An Economist's Invisible Hand

with Gary S. Beckervia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Arthur Cecil Pigou, overlooked for decades, provides a guide to the financial crisis . . . .

In the News

Measure schools by results, not spending

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia East Valley Tribune (AZ)
Friday, November 27, 2009

In the world of public education, New York is the big spender. . . .

In the News

Soft Despotism with Paul Rahe: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 27, 2009

Is the all-encompassing welfare state inevitable? . . .

In the News

Soft Despotism with Paul Rahe: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 26, 2009

What are the roots of modern soft despotism in America? . . .