Conservative lawyer Teresa Manning, who previously accused the University of Iowa College of Law (UI) of refusing to hire her because of her political persuasions, will soon get a second chance to prove her case in federal court.
In the last decade and a half, India and China have both engaged in extensive economic reforms, in effect bringing their joint population of some 2.3 billion into the worldwide system of capitalism and free trade. Those 2.3 billion people, many of whom are extremely well educated, are by and large willing to work harder and for less pay than are Americans. Are India and China's expanding and modernizing economies threatening America's long global dominance of science, technology, and industry? If so, what should we do about it? Peter Robinson speaks with Craig Barrett, Stephen Moore, and Peter A. Thiel.
Does outsourcing—whether it means the transfer of customer service and high-tech jobs to India or of manufacturing jobs to China—benefit the American economy or harm it? And if American workers are being harmed by outsourcing, what should be done about it? Do we need legislation to prevent corporations from sending jobs overseas? Or should we focus our attention on creating new opportunities for the American labor force through education and job training?
A series of devastating accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco, to name a few, have shaken the public's trust in the ethics and business practices of America's large corporations. What are the underlying factors behind this recent wave of scandals? Is deregulation the culprit? If so, do we need more regulation or merely better enforcement of existing regulations? Does the confluence of corporate lobbying and campaign contributions encourage corporate malfeasance? If so, what political reforms are necessary?
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, guest Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and thinkers, discusses his new book Zero to One.
The Hoover Institution hosted its annual Board of Overseers’ summer meeting during July 9–11, 2013.
The program began on Tuesday evening with before-dinner remarks by Paul D. Clement, a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Clement served as the forty-third solicitor general of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. He has argued more than sixty-five cases before the US Supreme Court. During Clement’s speech, titled “Federalism in the Roberts Court,” he talked about the revitalization of federalism in the Rehnquist court “imposing some limits on the federal government’s power vis-a-vis the states.”
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, analyzes the immigration debate with special focus on H1-B visas.
Michael Boskin, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed “Why Is Social Security So Hard to Reform and What Can Be Done About It?”
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force, notes that redistribution and stimulus will not create jobs but that a massive liberalization of labor markets will.
Richard Epstein the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the flaws in the America Invents Act and considers how to create a patent system that more effectively fosters American innovation.
Richard Epstein the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, looks at the proper role of government in responding to natural disasters, including a consideration of state-subsidized insurance and price gouging during times of crisis.
Richard Epstein the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, considers proposals for increasing the minimum wage, requiring paid sick leave and maternity leave for employees, and toughening anti-discrimination laws.
David R. Henderson examines the minimum-wage debate, separating a little bit of sense from a great deal of nonsense.
Peter Thiel spoke about the basic principles that underlie innovative products and startup firms, using examples from his own experience starting up firms such as Paypal and Palantir. He emphasized the importance of creating a firm or product with characteristics of monopoly, and contrasted that idea with the distinction between monopoly and competition taught in economics.
Calomiris points out that Joe Stiglitz, Jonathan Orszag, and Peter Orszag were hired by Fannie Mae to write a paper in 2002 defending the claim that the odds of Fannie Mae ever getting into financial trouble were extremely low. . . .
Richard Epstein the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, weighs in on the politics of the fiscal cliff and the fight over the debt ceiling. He considers the potential consequences of the nation's current debt crisis and wraps up with prescriptions to get the nation back on a sounder fiscal footing.