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How The Jones Act Harms America

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 7, 2019

A century-old protectionist law that inflicts economic harm.


Darrell Duffie: U.S. Banking Sector: Better Than Before

interview with Darrell Duffievia Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie examines “bail-in” regulations and the risk of another financial collapse.

In the News

The Economy Is Dragging. End The Trade War.

quoting Steven J. Davisvia The Week
Friday, October 4, 2019

Economic expansions don't have a predetermined shelf life. They don't come with expiration dates or time limits. They don't die of old age. Australia hasn't experienced a recession — defined as two or more consecutive quarters of negative growth — since 1991. So the mere fact that the current U.S. expansion is the longest on record shouldn't necessarily be concerning.


Santelli Exchange: Ed Lazear On The Labor Market

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the jobs report and productivity.


Niall Ferguson On Outcomes Of The Financial Crisis, Threats To Global Capitalism And Populism

interview with Niall Fergusonvia New Enlightenment Conference, Edinburgh, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson reflects on threats to the global market systems since the 2008 financial crisis, the rise of left and right populism and socialism, as well as corporate responsibility and public sentiment towards large tech big businesses and the openness of free speech in universities.

Analysis and Commentary

Mood Affiliation Or Confirming Evidence?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tyler Cowen introduced an important new idea in 2011 and gave it a name: the fallacy of mood affiliation. His idea is sound and important; the name he gives and even the way he defines it is faulty. Here’s Tyler’s original statement.

In the News

A Breakdown In U.S.-China Relations Would Damage Both Sides

quoting Michael McFaulvia Stanford Business
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
If the tariff dispute between the United States and China continues, U.S. businesses and consumers could suffer, warned top business leaders at the Stanford China Economic Forum on Monday.
In the News

Global Uncertainty Has Surged To A Record High And It Is Killing Growth

cited Steven J. Davisvia The Telegraph
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Markets hate uncertainty. It’s a well-worn truism that is trotted out every time the pound plunges on the latest Brexit twist or stocks swoon on another Twitter tirade from Donald Trump. But one index empirically shows that businesses and investors are facing a level of uncertainty never seen before and that could be hurting the world economy.

In the News

Don’t Let Bernie’s Craziness Distract From Warren’s Radical Tax Plans

quoting John F. Coganvia Wall Street Window
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Social Security is projected to consume an ever-larger share of America’s national income, mostly thanks to an aging population. Indeed, demographic change is why the program is bankrupt, with an inflation-adjusted cash-flow deficit of more than $42 trillion.

Analysis and Commentary

Matt Stoller Responds

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Recently I posted a critique of Matt Stoller’s nasty attack on the late Aaron Director. Stoller didn’t just challenge Director’s views; he suggested not too subtly that Director changed his views because he was paid to do so.


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