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The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business*

by Michael D. Bordo, John V. Ducavia Economics Working Papers
Friday, April 20, 2018

There are concerns that the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) has impeded small business lending. By increasing the fixed regulatory compliance requirements needed to make business loans and operate a bank, the DFA disproportionately reduced the incentives for all banks to make very modest loans and reduced the viability of small banks, whose small-business share of C&I loans is generally much higher than that of larger banks.

Analysis and Commentary

Q Is Better Than You Think

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, April 19, 2018

This lovely graph comes from "Learning and the Improving Relationship Between Investment and q" by Daniel Andrei, William Mann, and Nathalie Moyen. The careful investment and q measurement make it much better than similar figures I've made for example Figure 4 here. Their paper explores the puzzle, just why did q theory work worse before 1995?

Interviews

John Cochrane On The US Economy (19:40)

interview with John H. Cochrane via The Lars Larson Show
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane discusses the economy, deficits, and the national debt as well as the looming entitlement crisis.

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California Saving

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

California can wake up from its public-pension nightmare. The key: getting rid of ruinous defined-benefit plans.

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Housing Holdup

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Regulations rob California of the housing it needs.

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The Can’t-Do State

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

The Golden State may remain a land of great strengths, but it suffers from political inertia. Who will defy the entrenched interests?

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The Genuine Wealth of Nations

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

An antipoverty charity closes its eyes to increasing personal income around the world.

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The Labor Logjam Is Breaking Up

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

At last: the regulatory rollback is producing higher wages and fresh investment.

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Red Tape All the Way Down

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

In redressing the excesses of the regulatory state, the Trump administration has made a healthy start. Now the administration needs to keep at it.

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The Libertarian: The Economics Of Amazon

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, April 19, 2018

What President Trump gets wrong about the e-commerce giant.

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