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What Latin America Owes to the "Chicago Boys"

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Economists educated at the University of Chicago have for some two decades been putting free market reforms into effect in Chile, Argentina, and other Latin American countries. One of their teachers, Nobel Prize–winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker, examines the results. What does he find? Dictatorships that have been turned into democracies and economic stagnation that has been transformed into growth.

Two Deficits That Just Don't Matter

by Charles Wolf Jr., Walter B. Wristonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Day in and day out, politicians and the press harp on the trade deficit and the federal deficit. Hoover fellow Charles Wolf Jr. and former Citicorp chairman Walter Wriston explain why they should save their breath.

Robin Hood Lives in Texas

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Last spring, Governor Bush proposed a hike in the state sales tax to fund Texas schools. Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro explains what the governor was up to, why the financing of Texas schools is such a mess, and how the problem really ought to be solved.

State Department Goes Green

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

American soldiers being sent overseas to combat . . . noxious emissions? According to a new State Department document, the notion isn't as far fetched as it sounds. Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller, M.D., examines the latest wrinkle in the administration's foreign policy.

When Business Don't Get No Respect

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Now that communism has fallen, why hasn't Eastern Europe embraced capitalism more wholeheartedly? Hoover fellow Tibor R. Machan explains.

Keeping Savers from Saving

Keeping Savers from Saving

by David A. Wise, John Shovenvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Beginning in the 1980s, the government began introducing individual retirement accounts and 401(k) programs--widely heralded moves. Since then, in widely unheralded moves, the government has imposed new, all but confiscatory taxes on the saving these programs have encouraged. An analysis by Stanford dean John B. Shoven and Hoover fellow David A. Wise.

Kenneth Arrow

Rich Man, Poor Man

by Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth L. Judd, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

The difference between the income of rich and poor in the United States is growing--and growing dramatically. In talking recently with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, two experts, Stanford professor and Nobel Prize–winner Kenneth Arrow and Hoover fellow Kenneth L. Judd, agreed about the reasons but disagreed about whether anything should--or could--be done.

Securing Social Security

by Rita Ricardo-Campbellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover fellow Rita Ricardo-Campbell chaired President Reagan's 1981 task force on Social Security. Here she looks at the latest proposals for fixing the system.

Global Chill

by Thomas Gale Moorevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover fellow Thomas Gale Moore argues that in the name of cooling the global climate the United States is about to ice its economy.

Joe Camel: Brought to You by the FTC

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Why didn't tobacco companies ever compete with one another to produce safer cigarettes? It turns out that many years ago they started to do just that--until the federal government stopped them. Hoover fellow David R. Henderson explains why Washington regulators are hazardous to your health.

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