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On the Indispensability of Think Tanks

by John Raisianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Gather intellectuals, add funding for research, and mix thoroughly—good ideas are bound to result. John Raisian on the vital role of the modern think tank.

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The High Price of Oil—and of Demagoguery

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Big Oil may be an easy target for politicians, but every investigation into high gas prices turns up a single culprit—supply and demand. Go figure. By Thomas Sowell.

Get Serious, Amigos

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Do the nations of Latin America really want economic development? By William Ratliff.

Shareholders Don’t Shoot Each Other

by Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Iraq will not be peaceful, prosperous, and democratic until all Iraqis—including Sunnis—believe they have a stake in the new order. Let’s start by giving them ownership shares in Iraq’s oil reserves. By Charles Wolf Jr.

Making Sense of Drug Labeling

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

How the FDA makes medicine labels incomprehensible—and what’s good, and bad, about the newest proposals for reform. By Henry I. Miller.

A Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

More taxpayer money will not give us better science. Why is this so hard for the federal government to understand? By Tom Bethell.

Give Me Your Skilled and Capable

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Skilled workers from all over the world want to come to the United States. And when we allow them to become U.S. residents and citizens, they enrich our nation in many ways. So why are we so stingy with visas? By Gary S. Becker.

Political Reform

Promotion of Qiu He Raises Questions about Direction of Reform

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Sunday, January 1, 2006

For the last two years, the Chinese media have widely discussed the "Qiu He phenomenon," attempting to understand the significance of a local county party secretary's using autocratic methods to jump-start the economy of Jiangsu's poorest county. The party secretary, Qiu He, has been both praised and criticized. But now he has also been promoted to vice governor of the wealthy province of Jiangsu, and at 50 years of age he could rise farther in China's political system. Promotions to vice governor rarely raise eyebrows, but the significance of Qiu's promotion has been widely discussed. Known as an "official with personality," Qiu stands out among the ranks of China's generally staid bureaucracy, and his rise prompts speculation about what types of officials might be promoted under Hu Jintao and what this means for the building of institutions in China.

Too Few Good Men

by Amy L. Waxvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Amy L. Wax on Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas and American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle

China’s Quest for Asia

by John J. Tkacik Jr., Dana Dillonvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Beijing fills a vacuum


Economic Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

Milton and Rose Friedman: An Uncommon Couple