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Analysis and Commentary

The Labor Market For Financial Misconduct

by Amit Seru , Gregor Matvosvia The National Bureau Of Economic Research
Monday, April 8, 2019

Financial advisers in the United States manage over $30 trillion in investible assets, and plan the financial futures of roughly half of U.S. households. At the same time, trust in the financial sector remains near all-time lows. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer ranks financial services as the least trusted sector by consumers, finding that only 54 percent of consumers "trust the financial services sector to do what is right."

Analysis and Commentary

Robin Feldman On Drugs, Money, And Secret Handshakes

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, April 8, 2019

Law professor and author Robin Feldman of UC Hastings College of the Law talks about her book Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Feldman argues that the legal and regulatory environment for drug companies encourages those companies to seek drugs that extend their monopoly through the patent system often with insufficient benefit for consumers.

In the News

Quote Of The Day: Helping People

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Ricochet
Sunday, April 7, 2019

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. People with careers as ethnic leaders usually tell their followers what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell

Interviews

Historian Niall Ferguson On Brexit, US/China Trade

interview with Niall Fergusonvia PBS
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Brexit, China trade talks, and hate crimes on the rise in the US.

In the News

Young Businesses Are More Vulnerable To Housing Market Shocks

featuring Steven J. Davisvia Chicago Booth Review
Thursday, April 4, 2019

The US housing market bust after 2006 drove a historic collapse in the employment share of young companies, according to research by Chicago Booth’s Steven J. Davis and University of Maryland’s John Haltiwanger. The share of private-sector workers employed by young companies (defined as less than 60 months old) dropped from 18 percent in 1987 to just 9 percent in 2014. It fell especially fast from 2006 to 2011.

Interviews

David Henderson On Trumponomics, Deficits, And Immigration

interview with David R. Hendersonvia The Bob Zadek Show
Monday, April 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow David Henderson discusses how “Trumponomics” is playing out in the economy, and analyzes whether the growth we have seen under Trump’s presidency is sustainable.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Kidney Sales Should Be Allowed

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, April 7, 2019

"I think this law [making sales of kidneys illegal] is basically a form of mass murder. The government is not merely allowing 5000 deaths a year, or failing to save 5000 people; it is killing 5,000 people a year. Since the killing is unjustified (it is not, e.g., done in self-defense, or defense of an innocent third party, or as just punishment for a heinous crime, or as a form of euthanasia), it is murder." This is from Michael Huemer, “Why Not Sell a Kidney?.”

Analysis and Commentary

Hidden Costs Of The Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Jonathan Meer, an economics professor and first-rate economic researcher at Texas A&M University, shared with me an op/ed on the minimum wage that he wrote recently. It was rejected by a few publications, although I think, as you’ll see, the rejection had nothing to do with the quality of the piece. So he and I have agreed that I’ll run it here as a guest blog post.

Amazing Progress On Unemployment Claims

by David R. Henderson
Friday, April 5, 2019

An amazing statistic came out earlier this week, one that CNBC remarked on but still, in my view got too little attention. Here’s the report from CNBC: The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a more than 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite slowing economic growth.

Interviews

Raghuram Rajan Interview: 'I Dispute RSS's Organisational Claim'

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia The Week
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan discusses his latest book, The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

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