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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Inside The Baucus Health Plan

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes
Monday, October 12, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office numbers are in, and America's politicians and self-defined experts in the media will be either extolling its accuracies or deriding its fantasies, to validate their own positions on the Baucus health plan...

Analysis and Commentary

The Ugly Premise of 'Settlement' Opponents

by James Woolseyvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 11, 2009

At the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival this past July, Salam Fayyad, acting prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, spoke enthusiastically about the rule of law in a future Palestine...

Analysis and Commentary

Free Market M.D.

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 11, 2009

The doctor then takes a history and physical, spending about 30 minutes with me, for which the flat fee is $50...

Analysis and Commentary

A Nobel prediction

by Russell Roberts with Robert J. Barrovia Cafe Hayek
Sunday, October 11, 2009

An interesting pairing for tomorrow’s prize would be Robert Shiller and Nassim Taleb...

Analysis and Commentary

Economies of Scale in Compliance

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 11, 2009

This morning, after a highly-productive Liberty Fund seminar in Santa Fe, I went over to Pasquale's for breakfast. I sat with a woman who runs a Mexican restaurant in a small town in Colorado...

Analysis and Commentary

Will World Food Prices Resume their Sharp Increase?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, October 11, 2009

The worldwide recession has slowed the growth in the demand for cereals and other foods as many countries have experienced stagnation or contraction in their GDPs...

Analysis and Commentary

To Prevent Bubbles, Don’t Create Them

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Sunday, October 11, 2009

In their widely-cited Wall Street Journal column last week, Ian Bremmer and Nuriel Roubini argue that to prevent asset price bubbles in the future the Fed should focus on “properly calculating asset prices and the risk of asset bubbles according to the Taylor rule...

Analysis and Commentary

Britain's Central Planning Death Panels

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding...

Analysis and Commentary

Outlawing Offensive Orange Juice

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Frank Young, former head of the Food & Drug Administration, used to admonish his minions that there were times that common sense should prevail over established policies or rules...

Analysis and Commentary

Nobelitics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Norway is a tiny country that was born lucky...

Analysis and Commentary

Taking Stock at the Fed

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Friday, October 9, 2009

Yesterday and today, three economists (Andrew Levin, Chris Erceg and Mike Kiley) who work on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board graciously hosted a big gathering of monetary economists from around the world...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

by Daniel Pipesvia Corner (National Review Online)
Friday, October 9, 2009

“He won what?” is the first universal reaction...

Interviews
Interviews

Health-Care Reform with Brady & Kessler: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 12, 2009

Stanford professors David Brady and Daniel Kessler compare the politics of Clintoncare in 1993 to the politics of Obamacare today...

Interviews

Ed Lazear, White House Council of Economic Advisers

with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, October 9, 2009

A discussion about expectations for earnings season amid concerns about the economic recovery, with skyrocketing gold and commodities prices, and a weakening dollar...

In the News
In the News

You’ve Got Mail

with Richard A. Epsteinvia New Yorker
Monday, October 19, 2009

Moral-reasoning pop quiz: There’s a film coming out—a thinly disguised portrayal of a media mogul—and word is that if it’s released it will hurt the mogul’s reputation...

In the News

Willingham on Education, School, and Neuroscience

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 12, 2009

Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia and author of the book Why Don't Students Like School? talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how the brain works and the implications for teaching, learning, and educational policy...

In the News

Bertrand M. Patenaude discusses and signs Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary

with Bertrand M. Patenaudevia When.com
Monday, October 12, 2009

Stanford University lecturer Bertrand M. Patenaude tells the dramatic story of Leon Trotsky's final years in exile in Mexico...

In the News

Davenport: Explaining the Real Health Care Debate

by David Davenportvia townhall.com
Monday, October 12, 2009

One reason the health care debate is so heated is because it so clearly reveals the president's political philosophy...

In the News

Beyond 'Great,' to Exemplary

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Washington Post
Monday, October 12, 2009

The opening of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."...

In the News

George Shultz on the Drug War

with George P. Shultzvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 11, 2009

When George P. Shultz took office as Ronald Reagan's secretary of state in 1982, his first trip out of the country was to Canada...

In the News

New thinking on consumers gets Nobel speculation

with Robert J. Barrovia Associated Press
Sunday, October 11, 2009

As the globe grapples with the problem of greenhouse gases and tries to restore the battered economy to health, research into the economics of climate change or the key to what truly makes consumers tick could be contenders for this year's Nobel prize in economics...

In the News

Trotsky by Robert Service: review

with Robert Service, Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Telegraph (UK)
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trotsky, like Mao and to some extent Lenin, has long been one of those Communist titans who, for some, achieved the status of fashionable radical saints, even in the democracies that they would have destroyed in an orgy of bloodletting...

In the News

The Tories smarten up

with Niall Fergusonvia Herald (Scotland)
Saturday, October 10, 2009

For the last decade or so, Tory party Conferences have been been like gatherings of an obscure cult - devotees of a faith that time had passed by...

In the News

Nobel prize stirs nuke, abortion comments

with Hoover Institution, George P. Shultzvia Baptist Press (TN)
Friday, October 9, 2009

Reaction was mixed among the religious community after the world learned Friday that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize...

In the News

Regional: Bay Area Reaction To Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

with Bill Whalenvia CBS 5 News (CA)
Friday, October 9, 2009

As President Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and told the world he doesn't view his Nobel Peace Prize "as a recognition of my own accomplishments," observers in the Bay Area shared his sense that the award is a statement about what could be achieved, rather than what has already been done...

In the News

The Jim Bohannon Show: October 9, 2009

with Kiron K. Skinnervia Jim Bohannon Show
Friday, October 9, 2009

The War in Iraq has taxed the talents and the ingenuity of the U.S. Army and especially the men who lead it...

In the News

Debunking Standards Issue #1: Which Bar to Raise?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Gotham Schools
Friday, October 9, 2009

This and next week I am raising objections to the idea that new standards — particularly new national standards — are worth the attention they get...

In the News

New Survey on Islam Calls Into Question Population Figure Used by Obama

with Daniel Pipesvia CNSNews.com (VA)
Friday, October 9, 2009

A comprehensive new survey of the world’s Muslim population finds that nearly one in four people on the planet is an adherent of Islam, but the number of Muslims it gives for the United States is significantly smaller than those routinely cited by Islamic organizations – and used by President Obama in his Cairo speech last June...