Tag Archive: public policy

  • The Consequences of Ignoring Economics in Public Policy

    Why does economic education matter? Look no further than the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, where the Washington Post is reporting that food shortages are so bad that people are attacking food trucks when they make deliveries. It all started when Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, tried to formulate public policy while ignoring economics. […]

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  • How Government Helps White Criminals

    In an attempt to help black people and ex-convicts land jobs, policymakers have increased the employment prospects of white ex-convicts. Professor Alex Tabarrok explains this case of public policy’s unintended consequences in a post over at Marginal Revolution. The policy: Policymakers banned the “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” box from job applications. […]

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  • A Tax Even Libertarians Could Love?

    Nobody likes taxes. But not all taxes are equally bad. From a moral perspective, some taxes are more unjust than others – imposing costs, for instance, on precisely those people who are least able to afford them. And from an economic perspective, some taxes are more inefficient than others, distorting economic activity by discouraging work […]

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  • Jumpstart Your Career: Intern with the Reason Foundation

    Are you interested in a career in public policy, journalism, video production, or fundraising? The Reason Foundation, which produces Reason Magazine, is looking for summer interns. An internship with the Reason Foundation is an excellent way to get your foot in the door—previous interns have gone on to work at such places as The Wall […]

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  • The First Rule of Wing-Walking

    Wing-walking was the practice of getting out of the cockpit of a biplane (while someone else was flying the thing) and staggering along the wing holding onto struts or wires.  It was a thrill show for onlookers at air shows and barnstorming events in the 1920s and 1930s in the U.S. But for the wing-walker […]

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  • Discover liberty-advancing organizations in your neighborhood

    You don’t have to go all the way to Washington, DC to find people fighting for limited government and individual liberty. There are a range of organizations all across the United States which are working to advance liberty in their home states and across the country. Just a few of these are the Mackinac Center, […]

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  • Will Taxing the Rich Fix the Deficit?

    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have never met a tax they didn’t like. They argue that it will balance the budget and act as though it was a silver bullet to the U.S. government’s fiscal woes. But will taxing the rich really fix the budget deficit? Professor Antony Davies tackles that question in this Learn […]

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  • War, What is it Good For?

    Free market defenders are often great at pointing out the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention in the economy. But they often overlook the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention abroad. As the War on Terror escalates in the wake of the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, it’s important to remember […]

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  • We Should DO Something!

    Shamans of old knew they could bend the credulous to their will (and make a boatload of money) if the shaman could predict something like a storm, or an eclipse. “This very evening, the Night Wolf will devour the Moon Virgin! But if you pay me many coins of silver, I will force Night Wolf […]

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