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Analysis and Commentary

How the Feds Gave a Competitive Advantage to Conservative Radio

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 19, 2021

This point is obvious once you think about it. It’s basic economics. It’s just that I had never thought about it.

Analysis and Commentary

Charley Hooper on Masks

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I posted recently about the discussion between Phil Magness and Jeremy Horpedahl about mask mandates to deal with COVID-19. My sometimes co-author and former student Charley Hooper wrote the following on masks in a recent email. He’s given me permission to share it. The bottom line: the evidence in favor of masks, let alone mandates, just does not seem to be there.

Analysis and Commentary

Great Moment in Public Service Number 12,933

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I live in Monterey County, where the Monterey County Health Officer, Dr. Edward Moreno, has had a lot of control over our daily lives since last March. Many of us were hoping that at least he would do his job and get Monterey County its pro rata share of the Covid-19 vaccines allocated to California.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

Paging Charlotte Brown

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

As we’re about to close the books on Black History Month in America, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on the African American existence in present-day California.

Analysis and Commentary

WFH Is Onstage And Here To Stay

by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Nick Parkervia Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Chances are you recognize the relatively new acronym WFH as "working from home." In less than a year, WFH has become a ubiquitous, inescapable facet of life for many people, so much so that newswires now ask which cities are best for WFHOff-site link, and online job boards compile listsOff-site link of companies that allow remote work on a full-time, permanent basis.

In the News

The Fed Has An Irresistible Equity Itch

quoting John H. Cochranevia The Washington Post
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, long before it aspired to be a fourth branch of government, its sufficient mission was to preserve the currency as a store of value: Price stability facilitates economic dynamism by giving economic actors a degree of certainty. In 1978, Congress encouraged institutional imperialism in the Fed by mandating that its policies should promote “maximum employment.” 

In the News

'Very Frightening': Dr. Scott Atlas Explains How Public Health Officials Have Damaged The American Psyche

featuring Scott W. Atlasvia Townhall
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Many Americans don’t know what to believe about COVID-19 because public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci have flip-flopped so many times on so many issues it’s hard to keep track. Turning on the news isn’t helpful either, as viewers will likely be met with doom and gloom stories about the pandemic, including death tracker chyrons (thanks, CNN) that seemed to stay on screen no matter what topic is being discussed (at least under Trump). 

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Scott Atlas, Niall Ferguson, And Victor Davis Hanson: On Free Speech At Stanford

by Scott W. Atlas, Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hansonvia Stanford Review
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What is the purpose of academic freedom? Is it to allow all kinds of ideas to be expressed and explored, protecting even speech that people in the past considered heretical—protecting free expression that some people today would like to “cancel”? Or is it to allow co-workers in the ideological minority to be personally and selectively disparaged with impunity?

In the News

China Likely To Attack Taiwan Within Five Years, Panel Told

quoting Kharis Templemanvia Roll Call (DC)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

China's military modernization plus US failure to build robust coalitions to counter Beijing's regional aggression could lead to a Taiwan takeover

In the News

George Shultz — An Environmentalist And Technologist Ahead Of His Time

featuring George P. Shultzvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Less discussed than his foreign policy experience is Shultz’s no less important role as a visionary problem solver in the interrelated issues of climate change and technology.

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