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Occupational Licensing Is A Bad Idea

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

People have a right to make a living. 

Administrative Law In The Crosshairs

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 1, 2019

The Supreme Court should strike down Auer v. Robbins, which grants agencies too much discretion.

Does Capitalism Cause Social Decay?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, March 24, 2019

As material conditions improve, do more people feel anxious and depressed? 

Turbulence At Boeing

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The 737 Max, Auto Seat-belts, and Unintended Consequences

A Return To Economic Liberty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 18, 2019

Lochner should not be likened to decisions that validated slavery, segregation, and internment. 

The U.S.-China Global Dance

by David C. Mulfordvia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 15, 2019

We need clear economic leadership to avert the next financial crisis.

Democracy, Delegation, And Distrust

by Adam J. Whitevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Congress and the Presidency in the Age of Trump.

Plunder At Love Field

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 11, 2019

No government should order the willful destruction of private property without just compensation. 

The Case For More Immigration

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A discussion on immigration. 

Economics 101 In Labor And Housing Markets

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 4, 2019

The law of supply and demand explains why jobs are plentiful while housing is scarce. 


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