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by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, April 23, 2018

As a former senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, I get in the mail near the start of every month the Council's report "Economic Indicators," prepared for the Joint Economic Committee. I like old-fashioned hard copy, but it's available to the public on line as a pdf.


Thomas Sargent: US Trade Moves Based On Fear Of Competition

interview with Thomas J. Sargentvia Global Times
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sargent discusses tariffs, trade, and the US-China relationship.

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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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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.


Thomas Henriksen On The Lars Larson Northwest Podcast (1:20:49)

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Lars Larson Show
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Henriksen discusses the Trump Administration's approach to trade and foreign policy.


Ed Lazear: Spending Growth The Biggest Risk To The US Economy?

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia Fox Business
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear talks about former First Lady Barbara Bush's legacy, President Trump's trade policies, and notes that the biggest threat to growth is increased spending.


While Today’s Global Threats To Companies Are Complex, Solutions Exist For Dealing With ‘Political Risk,’ Hoover Scholars Say

featuring Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Stanford News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellows and Stanford political scientists Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart offer insights about how businesses can most effectively confront “political risks” in an uncertain world where information for customers and clients is now at their fingertips.

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Pay Gaps Have To Do With More Than Just Gender

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Quinnipiac Chronicle
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About 37 years ago, economist Thomas Sowell did an hour long interview on William F Buckley’s “The Firing Line.” What is surprising is that many of the myths and falsehoods of the time are still being repeated to this day.

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China Stealing From The US? Nothing New In Pinching Each Other’s Best Ideas

quoting John H. Cochrane via Irish Times
Sunday, April 15, 2018

If – and I use that word carefully – there is any substance to Donald Trump’s ideas about global trade it is to be found in the notion that China is stealing a lot of corporate America’s best ideas. In the jargon it’s called intellectual property theft. A lot of people have been exercised for years about the ways China seems to gets its hands on innovations that originate in the United States (and, occasionally, elsewhere).

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Economists Say U.S. Tariffs Are Wrong Move On A Valid Issue

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia The New York Times
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

President Trump’s advisers insist that the economics profession is solidly behind the administration’s threat to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports. Many top economists say, no, they’re not.


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