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Analysis and Commentary

Quiggin Needs A Third Lesson

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 26, 2019

I don’t know if Hazlitt would ever have said that all the economics you need to know is in his book. But in Economics in Two Lessons, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes as if he thinks that was Hazlitt’s thinking. Because Quiggin sees it that way, he decides to give two lessons.


Reflections On Allan H. Meltzer’s Contributions To Monetary Economics And Public Policy

featuring Allan H. Meltzer, Michael D. Bordo, Charles I. Plosser, John B. Taylorvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Allan H. Meltzer (1928–2017), a twentieth-century macroeconomist, was an innovator in the field of monetary economics and public policy, showing how central banking could influence economic disasters. Meltzer was also a valued consultant both in the United States and overseas, championing rules-based monetary policy and free markets. Eleven prominent economists reflect on his contributions in this volume edited by David Beckworth.


Corporations Will Do Less For Society If They Are Mandated To Do More

by Lee Ohanianvia The Hill
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently criticized 181 CEOs of leading corporations, including Apple, Amazon and Walmart, who signed a statement redefining the purpose of a corporation.

In the News

The Minimum Wage Lie

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Daily Campus
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

With the minimum wage set to increase beginning next week in the state of Connecticut, we are once again reminded that our political leaders believe themselves to be more competent than the free market and the individual actors who operate within it. Though the narrative is routinely given precedence, here is the fact of the matter: Wage floors only help the politicians who promise them.

Economic growth with Nobel laureate Michael Spence

Michael Spence On Central Banks' Policies, European Economies

interview with Michael Spencevia Bloomberg
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence talks about the global central banks' policies as well as the Japanese and European economies.


Michael Spence Says Global Recession A 'Distinct Possibility'

featuring Michael Spencevia Bloomberg
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence talks about the Brexit negotiations and the implications for the British economy, as well as the prospects for the global economy.


Statewide Rent Control Will Make California’s Housing Crisis Even Worse

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

One of Governor Gavin Newsom’s major campaign promises was to build 3.5 million new homes in California by 2025. But new building permits this year are 80% below Newsom’s annualized target and are even below last year’s extremely low level. California’s economic policies, which raise the cost of building and which can even block development, are the reason why California’s housing crisis is so severe.  

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Blueprint For America: The Art And Practice Of Governance

by George P. Shultzvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Managing governmental spending, guiding private enterprise, maintaining global alliances, and educating the next generation are America’s top priorities that have not changed over time. However, good governance is needed to sustain and realize these long-term goals.

In the News

Free Markets Promote Those Who Peacefully Improve Others' Lives

quoting David R. Hendersonvia Foundation of Economic Education
Monday, September 23, 2019

By enriching most those who are most productive, capitalism makes those they deal with more fit for survival, as well.

In the News

The Repo Problem Is Deeper Than The Fed Admits

quoting John H. Cochranevia Seeking Alpha
Monday, September 23, 2019

There they go again! Offering a put for mismatched dealers that will continue to promote borrowing short to carry long securities. See here. For an update, see here. Borrowing short to lend long is what tanked the financial system in 2007-2008, as well as just about every other financial crisis described in This Time Is Different.


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