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HousingAnalysis and Commentary

Does California Need 770 New Laws? No. Will Any Move The Needle On What Needs Fixing? No.

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Governor Newsom just finished signing 770 laws into the books, about 92 percent of those hitting his desk. Talk about writers’ cramp. But does the state really need so many new laws? 

Analysis and Commentary

"Non-Profit" Housing At NYT

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Every now and then the old New York Times resurfaces, with detailed reporting, actual facts, whether or not they support The Narrative. Such is the case with an article I recommend, Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past, by Amy Julia Harris.

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How To Make Housing More Affordable

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Governments need to stop restricting supply.

Analysis and Commentary

Hope For California -- Housing Edition

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, September 23, 2021

California has at last passed the first laws overturning some residential zoning restrictions.

Analysis and Commentary

Government And Private Household Debt Relief During COVID-19

by Amit Seru, Susan Cherry, Erica Jiang, Gregor Matvos, Tomasz Piskorskivia Brookings Institution
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Massive government-mandated and private-sector debt relief during the COVID-19 pandemic was well-targeted and helped mute economic distress for millions of Americans, finds a paper to be discussed at the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) conference on September 9.

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Eviction Freezes: Unfair And Unproductive

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 12, 2021

A moratorium interferes with fair economic exchanges, scapegoats property owners, and ultimately drives down the stock of rental housing.

HousingAnalysis and Commentary

California Creates A New Housing Crisis . . . This Time For Pigs

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

California has some of the highest housing prices in the country, and this is one of the major reasons why so many people and businesses are leaving the state. But it is not just people and businesses who are leaving. The next wave of California expats will be . . . pigs.

HousingAnalysis and Commentary

While Survey Shows Californians Would Prefer Life Elsewhere, Media Report California Doing Just Fine

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Virtually every major California media source reported last week that a new UC San Diego study concludes that there is no California exodus, and that most Californians are happy and believe the “California Dream” remains in reach for them and their children.  

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Prey: A Panel Discussion on Europe, Islam, and Women’s Rights

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Caldwell, Valerie M. Hudsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 2, 2021

Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book on the explosion of sexual violence and harassment in Europe, was published in early 2021. Since then, the book has sparked a worldwide discussion online and offline about the immigration of huge numbers of mostly young Muslim men to European cities and its effect on the women who live there. To discuss this phenomenon, Peter Robinson is joined by Prey author and Hoover Institution research fellow Ayaan Hirsi AliValerie Hudson, a professor of political science at the Bush School at Texas A&M University and an expert on women’s rights and demographics; and Christopher Caldwell, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and author.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

Even Professional Athletes Find California Unaffordable

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Leading professional athletes are paid enormously. But for those plying their trades in California, don’t be surprised to see them shopping at Costco after paying taxes and buying a home. Or moving out of the state, as so many other of the most productive Californians have done, including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and Shutterstock’s billionaire founder Jonathan Oringer.

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