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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Family Economics and Macro Behavior at a Gary Becker Memorial

by John B. Taylorvia EconomicsOne
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kevin Murphy and I were invited to speak at a memorial session for Gary Becker at the Mont Pelerin Society meetings in Hong Kong yesterday.  My remarks focused on the time Gary spent each year at the Hoover Institution and on his foray into presidential politics, much like I wrote in this post, but I also was asked to delve into macro which is quite interesting.

Analysis and Commentary

A New Twist in Online Learning at Stanford

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 1, 2014

For years at Stanford I've taught Econ 1, one of the university's most popular courses that covers the basics of economics. I usually teach in a large lecture hall filled with hundreds of students, but this summer I tried something new. I gave an online-only version of the course, with a twist: It was offered to Stanford students for credit, as well as to the public.

Analysis and Commentary

Mythologies and Pathologies of the California Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The third year of California drought has exposed all sorts of water fantasies. If in wet years they were implicit, now without rain or snow for nearly three years, they are all too explicit. Add them up.

Analysis and Commentary

The New World Disorder

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In just the last five or six years the world has been fundamentally transformed. Instead of the old accustomed Western-inspired postwar global order, crafted and ensured by the United States and its European and Japanese partners, there is now mostly chaos, from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea.

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Analysis and Commentary

Is Crimea Russia's Payback for Kosovo?

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A few days ago I wrote about how Europe is facing the threat of all-out war in Ukraine, but Britain's foreign policy is being disabled by anti-immigration gestures. There was one response -- Yes! I have a reader! -- which I thought was outstanding, and I'm going to write a whole blog about it.

Global Puzzle Pieces
Analysis and Commentary

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order: The Concept That Has Underpinned the Modern Geopolitical Era Is in Crisis

by Henry A. Kissingervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 29, 2014

Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.

Analysis and Commentary

The Role of Unions

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Every Labor Day in the last few years, we hear about the decline of unions and how that has been a bad thing. What I find striking is how economically uninformed most of this commentary is.

Cairo Punch 19, Hoover Institution Library.
Analysis and Commentary

Strategika: Issue 17: The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the ISIS Caliphate

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Can ISIS/Islamic State create a viable caliphate?

Analysis and Commentary

A New Tactic to Avoid War Powers Resolution Time Limits?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yesterday President Obama sent a War Powers Resolution (WPR) letter to Congress concerning U.S. airstrikes “in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the town of Amirli, Iraq.”  This is the third Iraq WPR letter to Congress in a month, and the sixth this summer. 

Bandaged Piggybank
Analysis and Commentary

After Dodd-Frank

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Friday, August 29, 2014

A talk given at the Mercatus Center / CATO conference "After Dodd-Frank: The Future of Financial Markets."

Analysis and Commentary

Bone-Crushing Zombie Action

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here at Lawfare, we try to spot critical legal issues impacting national security before they’re really upon us . . . and eating our brains. Too often, American policymakers have not taken emerging threats seriously, only to find themselves on the wrong side of finger-pointing national commissions after tragedy strikes.

Analysis and Commentary

Nathan Blecharczyk on Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 1, 2014

Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief technology officer of Airbnb, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Airbnb, one of the earliest companies to use technology to allow individuals to share underused resources, and in the case of Airbnb, housing. Blecharczyk and Roberts discuss how a design conference and the Democratic National Convention got Airbnb started, how the company aligns incentives to overcome the trust problem of house-sharing, and the rise of technology and online social networks to make a new business model possible. Along the way, Blecharczyk gives his take on the role of luck vs. skill in entrepreneurial success and how Airbnb plans to expand its product offerings in the future.

Analysis and Commentary

Restarting the Common Core Debate

by Michael J. Petrilli, Neal P. McCluskey via Washington Times
Monday, September 1, 2014

Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics adopted by states nationwide. The debate has been marked by acrimony rather than analysis, but there is hope that both sides want a reset.

Analysis and Commentary

The Next Massachusetts Miracle?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twenty years ago, during the vaunted “Republican Revolution” that gave the GOP control of both chambers of Congress, an overlooked story was the Republicans’ success in that’s year’s gubernatorial contests.

Analysis and Commentary

Time Is Now for Cooler Negotiations Between Obama, Putin

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, August 31, 2014

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Volcanoes and glaciers, fire and ice, are dominant features of this moonscape-pocked island nation. How fitting that over a generation ago the leaders of the United States and Soviet Union came to talk disarmament in the heat of the Cold War.

Analysis and Commentary

Going for the Gold in New Jersey

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

For all the talk of Democratic Senate incumbents struggling to survive in 2014, the conversation’s never made its way to New Jersey, where Cory Booker seeks his first full term after winning a special election last year to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg.

Putin
Analysis and Commentary

Putin Demands Federalization For Ukraine, But Declares It Off-Limits For Siberia

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, September 1, 2014

Vladimir Putin has, at last, invaded southeast Ukraine with thousands of regular troops, in the name of forcing state hood on southeastern Ukraine. Although public opinion of Donbas residents shows little enthusiasm for secession, Putin has alone decided that the Kiev government has deprived southeast Ukrainians of their rights.

Analysis and Commentary

Texas Governor’s Race: Democrats and the Dream of a Wendy Davis Win

by Bill Whalenvia Fox News
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the extent that Democrats dream in Technicolor, the grand dream would be turning Texas from red to blue in future presidential elections.

Interviews
Vladimir Putin
Interviews

Michael McFaul on NBC News

interview with Michael McFaulvia NBC News
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin and Ukraine on NBC News.

Barack Obama
Interviews

Lanhee Chen on CNN (3:39)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia CNN
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the upcoming elections on CNN.

Interviews

Washington Journal: Michael Petrilli and Neal McCluskey on Common Core Standards (2:00)

mentioning Michael J. Petrillivia C-SPAN
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Research Fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the Common Core debate on C-SPAN.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen on Fox News (00:59)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Obama's response to ISIL on Fox News.

In the News
In the News

Topics from Cybersecurity Bootcamp #1 – Cyber Hygiene

featuring Hoover Institutionvia Microsoft Security Blog
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This past week I was privileged to attend Stanford’s inaugural cybersecurity boot camp, where two dozen congressional staffers joined academic and industry experts to discuss ways to protect he government, the public and industry from cyber threats.

In the News

‘A sad day for Hong Kong and democracy’: Scholar Slams Beijing’s Reform Plan

mentioning Larry Diamondvia South China Morning Post
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Calling it a “sad day for Hong Kong” one of the world’s prominent democracy scholars decried Beijing’s new restrictions on Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, saying they would fail to meet international standards for universal suffrage and could invite a public boycott.

In the News

Greater Expectations (4:24)

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia American Radio Works
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there’s plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards.