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Who Loses from Insider Trading?

(March 2, 2015 01:53 PM, by David Henderson) In one of this month's two Feature Articles, "Who Is Harmed by Insider Trading?", Charles L. Hooper takes a look at insider trading. Specifically, whom does it hurt. A key paragraph: Insider "hurt" Uninformed Buyer by nabbing Uninformed Buyer's unexpected... (0 COMMENTS)

Uber reacts to the Spanish ban

(March 2, 2015 07:05 AM, by Alberto Mingardi) One thing that regulators, and regulation's enthusiasts, rarely get is that private businesses will do their best to off-set the impact regulation has on them. This is particularly true in instances in which regulation is considered the second-best option to... (0 COMMENTS)

The Taboo Trade-Offs of Tracking

(March 2, 2015 12:03 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Most Americans are okay with educational "tracking" - measuring potential, then tailoring each student's education to his measured potential. But if you advocate extending or expanding the role of tracking, most Americans resist. Suppose you propose, for example, that the... (0 COMMENTS)

Consider the Substance

(March 1, 2015 11:58 PM, by David Henderson) In Econlog's sister blog, Online Library of Law & Liberty, Lauren Weiner makes an important distinction. Left wing pundit David Corn has accused Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly of exaggerating in telling about his experience in Argentina during and after... (0 COMMENTS)

How interest rates matter, and how they don't

(March 1, 2015 07:44 PM, by Scott Sumner) There are certain topics that are extremely hard to explain to the average person. Interest rates are one of those topics. I've often argued that interest rates don't really matter that much; they are a sort of epiphenomenon of monetary... (0 COMMENTS)

Krugman's Bait and Switch

(March 1, 2015 11:55 AM, by David Henderson) Paul Krugman has a post on the importance of MIT economists in policy discussions. Had he simply made the point that they are highly influential, his post would have been fine. We could still argue about which of the influences... (0 COMMENTS)

William McGurn's Analogy

(February 28, 2015 02:38 PM, by David Henderson) In a piece titled "Snow(den) blind: Libertarians' telling 'hero'," William McGurn, a former George W. Bush speechwriter and Wall Street Journal columnist, and currently editorial page editor of the New York Post, writes: The libertarians who champion Snowden will claim... (0 COMMENTS)

Ebeling on Mises, the Applied Economist

(February 28, 2015 07:02 AM, by Alberto Mingardi) The Liberty Fund has recently made available on line the introductions, written by Richard Ebeling, to the three volumes of "Selected Essays" by Ludwig von Mises that he edited some ten years ago. That project developed out of the discovery,... (0 COMMENTS)

Bryan Caplan's conventional views

(February 27, 2015 08:02 PM, by Scott Sumner) Bryan Caplan offers conventional views on a wide range of issues. Instead of offering my own, I'll comment on his: 1. Most academics are out of touch with the real world and have little useful to say about it. The... (0 COMMENTS)

The Unseen Effects of "Net Neutrality" Regulation

(February 27, 2015 03:56 PM, by David Henderson) Various friends on Facebook have been venting, quite justifiably, about the Federal Communications Commission's vote to regulate the Internet as a public utility. Some of the more extreme venters have claimed that it will slow down communication and reverse much... (1 COMMENTS)

Totally Conventional Views Which I Hold

(February 27, 2015 12:09 AM, by Bryan Caplan) As soon as Tyler posted his "Totally Conventional Views Which I Hold," I felt the urge to do the same. In no particular order:1. Most academics are out of touch with the real world and have little useful to say... (0 COMMENTS)

Mission creep

(February 26, 2015 07:06 PM, by Scott Sumner) During periods where there is an enormous demand shortfall, such as the 1930s and the period after 2008, there is a resurgence of interest in demand-side models. This is good. But it also produces an unfortunate side effect---mission creep. Demand... (1 COMMENTS)

Imprisoning Immigrants: What the ACLU's Doing About It

(February 26, 2015 12:08 AM, by Bryan Caplan) The once-true stereotype that illegal immigrants get deported, not imprisoned, is fast becoming obsolete. But there is a glimmer of hope. Open borders activists aren't the only people who care about this issue. The ACLU in particular is taking a... (0 COMMENTS)

McCloskey on Piketty

(February 25, 2015 07:39 PM, by David Henderson) I'm starting to work on a paper that I'll give at the APEE (Association for Private Enterprise Education) meetings in Cancun in April. The working title for the paper, although I might change it when it comes time to submit... (0 COMMENTS)

Power is a residual

(February 25, 2015 08:11 AM, by Scott Sumner) When economists use regression analysis to estimate the relationships between variables, part of the dependent variable is unexplained. Thus even after you put land, labor, and capital into the model, you may not be able to fully explain economic growth.... (2 COMMENTS)

Purges and Schisms

(February 25, 2015 12:04 AM, by Bryan Caplan) I wrote this in 1993. Still seems correct to me, and unfortunately it's as relevant as ever.Purges and SchismsWhen I was working this summer at the Institute for Humane Studies, I spent many hours reading old libertarian periodicals -- especially... (0 COMMENTS)

The Minimum Wage and Monopsony

(February 24, 2015 04:52 PM, by David Henderson) I promised a few weeks ago to "write a further note explaining a more-sophisticated way of understanding the harmful effects of the minimum wage." This isn't it. The reason is that three issues came up in the comments and e-mails... (1 COMMENTS)

Who Cares About Park Yeon-mi

(February 24, 2015 12:07 AM, by Bryan Caplan) At the 2015 Students for Liberty conference, my sons and I were privileged to hear North Korean defector Park Yeon-mi share her story of self-liberation from totalitarian oppression. But her talk got me thinking. On the surface, there is nothing... (0 COMMENTS)

Prison Sentences Much Longer than Juries Would Like

(February 23, 2015 04:51 PM, by David Henderson) Jacob Sullum, over at Reason's Hit and Run blog, has a very interesting post about a federal judge in Cleveland who, after a jury found a man guilty of receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography, polled the jury for the... (1 COMMENTS)

Why Pack for the Same Trip Twice?

(February 23, 2015 12:05 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Travelers often repeatedly visit the same family members, the same friends. Each visit normally requires two packing sessions: You pack the stuff you'll need, then repack the stuff you brought. Each leg takes time and energy, and possibly - depending... (4 COMMENTS)

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