Daily Economy Articles

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
If Schumpeter were alive today, he’d have two important lessons to teach us about the techlash and why we should be wary of misguided interventions into the Digital Economy.
Monday, April 8, 2019
The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit against Facebook with the claim that the company is guilty of redlining. At issue are the tools that allow advertisers to target ads. The problem is that this attack fundamentally threatens the economic model that makes social media work. 
Monday, April 8, 2019
Why do some conservatives believe that family leave plan is necessary in the first place?
Monday, April 8, 2019
This is not the free market at work. It is government intervention that steals the language of market competition to invalidate property rights and contracts.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Faced with the current resurgence of protectionist “thinking” prevalent in the United States, we free traders must fight back by more clearly, boldly, and frequently stating the truth about free trade.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
If we want to follow The real Golden Rule, and we should, we shouldn’t force people to make the exchanges they would otherwise refuse in absence of coercion.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Amid several months of mixed results in economic data, rebounding job creation in March helps tip the scales in favor of cautious optimism for continued economic expansion.
Friday, April 5, 2019
There is growing support for the idea that meddling with market interest rates is a bad idea. Interest rates coordinate intertemporal production plans, and any attempt to alter them will entail undesirable unintended consequences. 
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Why wouldn’t we want safe and stable banks? Like almost everything else in economics, benefits in one area comes with real costs in others.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
The bitter truth about most public policies being sold by the political class is that they give them more power to control our lives. If you favor some of these policies, be honest with the rest of us about what you mean, so that we can make more clear-headed judgments about the kind of society we...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Government expenditures can be funded by increasing reserves at the Federal Reserve. But limits on the demand for reserves mean inflation will follow.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Hayek still speaks to us today about the nature of democratic ways of relating to the rule of law, the structure of government, the role of public policy, and the promise of an international order of cosmopolitan liberalism.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Nonmanufacturing activity expanded at a slower pace in March. The results are consistent with a range of economic data that point to uneven growth, but they do not suggest a recession is imminent.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
There are some clear advantages to the gig economy, for both workers who have specialized skills and for companies trying to remain small and nimble.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Regardless of the intentions or naïve beliefs, a system of democratic socialism cannot escape imposing commands and controls over economic life any noticeably different than those that were in existence in the old Soviet Union.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
MMT in the colonial period often led to periods of ruinous inflation and, less well-understood, revolution-inducing deflation.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Some scholars argue that ordinary citizens should be allowed to open bank accounts at the Fed. Is this the best way to reduce financial exclusion?
Monday, April 1, 2019
The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index paints a modestly positive picture of the manufacturing sector in March, offsetting the weak report on February retail sales. The outlook is for ongoing economic expansion, but heightened caution is warranted.
Monday, April 1, 2019
Retail sales fell again in February, the second decline in the last three months. A string of mixed economic reports suggests caution is warranted.
Monday, April 1, 2019
The sharing economy, fueled by the internet’s capacity to match small buyers and sellers, looks like a revolutionary business model. But for this model to be sustained, there must be a reliable source of long-term profits.
Monday, April 1, 2019
The fact that the market does not supply as much paid leave as people would want if they did not have to pay full price for it is not a market failure; it’s a market success.
Monday, April 1, 2019
In terms of information access and the opportunity to learn and share knowledge, we’ve never been more rich and equal.
Monday, April 1, 2019
If you're a store owner in Philadelphia or the state of New Jersey, and you don't accept cash from your customers, pretty soon you'll be breaking the law.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Consumer sentiment and new-home sales are showing gains, but the broad economic picture remains mixed. Continued expansion remains the most likely path, but caution is warranted.
Friday, March 29, 2019
The problem with Moore is not that he doesn’t have a Ph.D. The problem is that he is less like Alan Greenspan, and more like Arthur Burns.
Friday, March 29, 2019
From a political point of view, with Boeing so much in then news following two recent crashes and with many taking a hard look at all the ways the company may have benefited from government favoritism, it doesn’t seem like a good idea for any legislators to call for the revival the Bank of Boeing.
Friday, March 29, 2019
By conflating the macroeconomics of Keynes with macroeconomics, we run the danger of discarding the contributions that Keynes himself inherited.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Whether governments are going after scooters, targeting Google for selling advertising space, or limiting consumers’ data access, it seems that not even Europeans’ eroding trust in government is enough to get them to rally against stifling innovation. Still, tech fights on.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Real gross domestic product grew at a 2.2 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter, with real private domestic demand rising 2.6 percent. High levels of uncertainty surrounding economic policy and global economic conditions combined with mixed economic data raise doubts about the current...
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Social media companies like Facebook obviously want to comply with the law, but they would also like to stay in business. That business depends fundamentally on targeting based on some demographic grounds. If a consistent application of non-discrimination law means that advertising has to become...
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Can governments run large fiscal deficits financed with new money without generating significant inflation? The experience of Argentina calls this view into doubt.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Inverted yield curves may or may not predict recession. Will the Fed again cut rates to zero, piling new economic misallocations atop those which remain distorted by the previous decade of zero interest rates?
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The very existence of wealth creation should fill us with awe, respect, and endless curiosity, as well as inspire within us a desire to celebrate and protect the institutions that make markets thrive.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The market economy is vastly superior to anything the government does because it gives customers the freedom to choose.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
What does the Austrian theory of the trade cycle have to do with Gordon Ramsay? Plenty.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Consumer confidence fell in March but remains at a level consistent with economic expansion. Housing activity continues to weaken with no evidence to suggest significant gains in the near future.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
We need some protection from the evil eye that modern politics is working daily to unleash.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Facebook and Google’s ability to watch their customers has made many uncomfortable, but after 2018 both know that their customers are watching back.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Successful banks move resources from lower-value to higher-value uses while unsuccessful banks move resources from higher-value to lower-value uses.
Monday, March 25, 2019
The Fed could be much better than it is. But it could also be much worse. Adding Stephen Moore to the Board of Governors would be a step in the wrong direction.

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