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Analysis and Commentary

Craig Richardson On The Cuban Tragedy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 3, 2019

Along with a dozen other professors visiting Cuba, I was there for an educational program sponsored by the U.S.-based Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The theme was Cuba’s economy, society, and political system. CIEE’s marketing brochure promised a mixture of academic lectures, cultural experiences and travel to various parts of the country. Along with North Korea, Cuba is the last of the Communist regimes to actively discourage free markets, private property rights, and profit making. Although I traveled there with an open mind, I was about to experience a country in which the state’s overarching vision of equality for all has vanquished nearly every aspect of entrepreneurial dreams—and many normal human dreams, as well.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Latin America In An Emerging World

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, December 3, 2018

Our takeaway from our roundtable on Latin America in an emerging new world is a region showing gradual—and fragile—economic, social, and governance progress on average, but with significant heterogeneity lying beneath, both within and across individual countries. For example, while Mexican manufacturers are by some counts already more roboticized—and therefore more ready for future disruptions—than those in the United States, citizens in some areas of the country live with few opportunities in conditions more closely resembling sub-Saharan Africa. 


The Road To Caracas

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 6, 2019

When I first visited Venezuela in 2010, Hugo Chávez was still the country’s president. Venezuela in those days wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed sipping Scotch (the national drink of choice) in Carabobo and boating on the Orinoco River. But I could tell that things were not going to end well. “The reality of Chávez’s regime,” I wrote at the time, “is that it is a sham democracy. . . . Private property rights . . . are routinely violated."

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Famous Guests At The Hoover Institution Throughout History

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, May 3, 2019

Heads of state have frequently visited the Hoover Institution to learn from the scholars and the Library & Archives.


The World’s Next Big Growth Challenge

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The economic performance of lower-income developing countries will be crucial to reducing poverty further. Although these economies face significant headwinds, they could also seize important new growth opportunities – especially with the help of digital platforms.


Markos Kounalakis: Will Guaido's Uprising Save Venezuela?

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses the influence of the Russians in Venezuela and whether the uprising and Juan Guaido can save Venezuela.

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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.

Globe turned to South America
In the News

Dual Loyalty Detectives

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) recently bashed those U.S. Senators who voted against Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) legislation, charging that “they forgot what country they represent.”

Analysis and Commentary

North America Is Much Richer Than Latin America. Is This Fact Relevant For Immigration Policy?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Economists measure gross domestic product per capita (at purchasing power parity, PPP) as the value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given year divided by the average (or mid-year) population for the same year.


Markos Kounalakis On CBS News

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Monday, February 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses the state of Venezuela.