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A Carbon Tax Is Not A Slam Dunk

by David R. Henderson mentioning John H. Cochrane, George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

On Pigou, Pinatubo, cow farts and geo-engineering

Reservation Capitalism

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lance Morgan is the CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., a $100 million tribal economic development corporation that employs nearly 400 people. Tribal leaders and entrepreneurs such as Morgan are part of an economic civil rights movement emerging in indigenous communities around the world. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, which owns Ho-Chunk, Inc., started with a casino, then diversified to earn the revenue needed to build the necessary infrastructure for prosperous tribal economies. 

Israeli Lessons For Mass Shootings

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 12, 2019

Choosing the proper mix of preventive measures.

Socialism Has Failed. Period.

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Two economists journey through Socialist lands—and tell us what they see. 

The Economic Trap Of “Medicare For All”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 5, 2019

The $40 trillion program will reduce consumer health care options and compromise care.

Bill De Blasio's Bill

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 29, 2019

The mayor's plans for workers are as bad as his own presidential campaign.

Foolish On Climate Change

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 22, 2019

Andrew Cuomo doesn’t get the science or economics of his own policies.  

Drug Pricing Made Easy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 15, 2019

Regulating prices won’t help consumers—but easing entry restrictions will.

Nike And Kaepernick

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The broader implications of the company’s decision.

Trump's Deregulatory Successes

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, July 7, 2019

The power to engage in judicious deregulation is the power to allow creation.




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