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I am of the opinion that there can never be enough reflective history done on some of the ideas celebrated in our grade school (and college) textbooks. In today’s edition, Robert Bradley refers us to the Sherman Antitrust Act. You know the origin story – big business was destroying America, widening the gap between the […]

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Not in the mood to be charitable again. Screw the FDA and the crop of enfeebled nannies who demand crap like this: The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly […]

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Story is here. Note, too, that this is an “agreement” which means it will not actually be enforced. My prediction: emissions will fall despite this “agreement” not being enforced, and policymakers will take credit for the incredible progress “they’ve” made. But this is undeniably great news for Americans and energy poor people around the planet. […]

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Let me get this straight. When it comes to Lyft and Uber, we must deeply care about the existing regulated incumbents. And of course, rather than calls to ease up the burdens on the very regulated taxi industry, all I’ve run across are calls to put the shackles (in the name of fairness and safety […]

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Let me offer a few simple, cranky, thoughts on taxes today. (1) I like to believe I am not the dumbest person on the planet. I also happen to be a professional economist. And I have absolutely NO IDEA going into the year how much in tax obligations I owe to the government at all […]

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Alex Tabarrok reports today: Excellent piece in the Washington Post on the FDA and sunscreen: …American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade. That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy […]

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Well, among the many reasons that I no longer favor it is that I’ve started to realize I live in big boy world, and not the fantasy world of good economics I thought about when I first became a professor: Schuerhoff, Marianne, David Zetland and Hans-Peter Weikard (2013). “The life and death of the Dutch […]

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A student of mine was upset about some actions of a corporation he learned about in a Law class here. His immediate conclusion to me was, “this is why we need socialism.” Now, I am almost sure that folks who say this don’t actually know what socialism is, nor are they prepared to discuss the […]

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The Ithaca Journal reports on the job creating mastery of the Industrial Development Corporations in NYS: The annual analysis of Industrial Development Agency data, produced since 2009 by the statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition, shows ‘a widespread failure of New York’s main economic development tool to meet job creation goals.’ The analysis shows $182 […]

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About 25 years ago Julian Simon asks the same question. It is useful to think of whether this is better or worse today (I paraphrase): Think about all of the solicitors knocking on your door, calling your phone, sending you mail, sending you e-mail or otherwise stopping you. What percentage of those solicitations is to […]

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