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Let Microsoft Compete

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

The antitrust division of the Department of Justice consists of a few thousand lawyer s. The market for computer software consists of tens of millions of consumers. Which do you think is better equipped to discipline Microsoft? Nobel laureate and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker on why the feds should back off.

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The Life and Death of American Cities

by Stephen Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Stephen Moore examines the proposition that immigrants impose burdens on the cities where they live, acting as an economic drag. The facts, he finds, suggest otherwise.

Too Many Cops Think It's a War

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

When New York City police were accused of torturing a Haitian immigrant recently, the city's police commissioner claimed that the incident was an "aberration." Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara doubts it. An essay by the former San Jose chief of police.

Making Criminals Pay

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Thursday, January 1, 1998

Genesee County leads a national movement to make criminals accountable to their victims


The Debate in the United States over Immigration

via Hoover Institution Press
Friday, December 5, 1997

These essays examine economic, political, social, and legal issues related to immigration into the United States—from compelling arguments for limited immigration to forceful arguments for open borders. They assess the benefits and costs of immigration and its impact on education, social welfare, and health care.

The Gender Refs

by Elizabeth Arensvia Policy Review
Saturday, November 1, 1997

Federal regulators lock arms with college athletic departments to gut men’s sports in the name of equality

How Congress Can Rein in the Courts

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Judges have assumed vast powers the founders never intended. The solution? Congress should assert a few powers the founders did intend. An analysis by Hoover fellow and former Attorney General of the United States Edwin L. Meese III.

We Hold These Truths

by Douglas W. Kmiecvia Policy Review
Monday, September 1, 1997

Doug Kmiec toasts the Supreme Court’s return to federalism

Immigration and the Rise and Decline of American Cities

via Analysis
Friday, August 1, 1997

More than half of all immigrants in the United States reside in just seven cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Houston, and San Francisco. A controversial issue is whether immigrants are a benefit or a burden to these areas. A 1997 National Academy of Sciences study reports that "immigrants add as much as $10 billion to the national economy each year," but "in areas with high concentrations of low-skilled, low-paid immigrants," they impose net costs on U.S.-born workers. This essay questions that finding.

Examining a range of economic variables for the eighty-five largest U.S. cities over the period 1980–1994, this essay finds that those cities with heavy concentrations of immigrants outperformed cities with few immigrants. Compared with low-immigrant cities, high-immigrant cities had double the job creation rate, higher per capita incomes, lower poverty rates, and 20 percent less crime. Unemployment rates, however, were unusually large in high-immigrant cities. These findings do not answer the critical questions of whether the immigrants cause the better urban conditions or whether benign urban conditions attract the immigrants. But the essay does refute the assertion that the economic decline of cities is caused by immigration; that assertion cannot be true because, with few exceptions, the U.S. cities in greatest despair today--Detroit, Saint Louis, Buffalo, Rochester, Gary--have virtually no immigrants.

Who Owns Thought?

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

What once took a scribe in a monastery a year to copy can now be copied in a nanosecond--which poses a few problems for copyright law. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell offers an easy-to-understand primer on a not-so-easy-to-understand subject.


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