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The Limits Of Free Speech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Policyed.org
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The First Amendment allows us to speak our mind and stand up for what we believe in. However, the limits on free speech are rooted in the principle that we’re not allowed to harm others to get what we want. That’s why we’re not allowed to use to speech for force, fraud, or defamation.

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Energy Efficiency: Our Best Source Of Clean Energy

by James L. Sweeneyvia PolicyEd.org
Friday, April 21, 2017

Increases in energy efficiency are an often-forgotten component of our shift to clean energy and reduced carbon emissions. Higher prices triggered by the 1973 oil embargo caused America to drastically change how it used energy. The ensuing gains in efficiency had more of an impact on America’s energy consumption than all of the growth in solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and nuclear energy combined.

Identifying A Monopoly: It's More Than Just Market Share

via Policyed.org
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Market share alone doesn’t make a company a monopoly. The critical feature of a monopoly is its ability to prevent others from offering competing products or services. And often, it’s the government that’s keeping entrepreneurs out.

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Green As Can Be: RPS vs LCPS – A Better Way To Reduce Carbon Emissions

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Low Carbon Portfolio Standards are a more effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions because they expand the options utilities have to purchase low carbon electricity.
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The Economics Of House Hunting Envy: How Regulations That Restrict Supply Harm Home Buyers

by Milton Friedman, Richard A. Epstein, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

The supply and demand of housing in your community explains why housing prices are high or low.

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The Government And Your House’s Price Tag: How Regulations That Restrict Supply Harm Home Buyers

by Milton Friedman, Richard A. Epstein, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Housing prices have increased in many parts of the country. If housing prices are the result of supply and demand, why hasn't supply risen to meet higher demand? Who keeps housing from expanding?

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No Vacancy: The Consequences Of Rent Control

by Richard A. Epstein, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowellvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Housing prices have increased in many parts of the country. What can policy makers do to make housing more affordable? And what happens when their good intentions go awry? Rent control increases demand for controlled-units, but discourages landlords from expanding or entering the rental market, which decreases the supply of rental housing.

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Growth Is Good: Why Slow Growth Can’t Be The New Normal

by John H. Cochrane via PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
America’s economy is growing at half the rate it used to. Slow growth rates have enormous effects on the quality of life over long periods of time. Getting back to rapid economic growth will alleviate budgetary problems, increase paychecks, and lead to widely shared prosperity.
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Giving Patients Control Over Their Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd.org
Monday, November 14, 2016
Over time, health insurance has expanded to cover routine and predictable care, shifting away from the true purpose of insurance. This has driven health care costs through the roof. One way to lower costs while also improving the quality of health care is to expand the use of health accounts coupled with high-deductible insurance plans.
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The Importance Of Competition

by John H. Cochrane via PolicyEd.org
Monday, October 17, 2016
Industries without much competition are marked by high prices, low customer service, and a lack of innovation. But when competition thrives in a market, consumers get better goods and services at lower prices. Existing producers in the market don’t like competition, but it’s good for consumers. Some businesses will succeed and others will fail. But as long as it is easy for new competitors to enter the market, prices will stay low and innovation will continue.

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