Daily economy news from the American Institute for Economic Research: data, stories, research, and articles touching on economics, politics, culture, education, policy, opinion, technology, markets, healthcare, regulation, trends, and much more.

Politics Is the Pathology. Morality Is the Cure.

– May 25, 2022

“The world is forgetting timeless truths, distracted as they are by political spectacles and errant ideologies. Even if that means shouting into the wind, we must do everything we can to rediscover the human practices that guard civilization.” ~ Max Borders

Durable-goods Orders Rose Again in April

– May 25, 2022

“Manufacturers’ new orders rose again in April and remain near record highs. Continued strength for business investment is a positive sign for the economic outlook but risks remain elevated.” ~ Robert Hughes

The Return of Gonzo Journalism

– May 25, 2022

“It’s harder and harder to find good reporting, as the media is increasingly concerned with advancing a particular narrative, without concern for objectivity. Understanding it as gonzo journalism provides a helpful heuristic.” ~ Nikolai G. Wenzel

You Are a Soul: Dedicated to the Vital Spirit of David Theroux

– May 25, 2022

“Souls and persons are one-to-one, so it is natural that ‘human being’ be signified as either ‘soul’ or ‘person,’ each serving, according to my formulation, as a synecdoche for the human being.” ~ Daniel B. Klein

New Single-Family Home Sales Plunged in April as Prices and Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise

– May 24, 2022

“New-home sales plunged in April as prices and mortgage rates continue to surge. Elevated prices and rising mortgage rates are likely to weaken future demand.” ~ Robert Hughes

Let Them Eat Breast Milk

– May 24, 2022

“If you do have a full breast of milk, consider donating or selling it to starving babies, though perhaps not directly as wet nurses did in the days of old. It is still legal, for now, even in often crazy California to sell your milk.” ~ Robert E. Wright

How Government Created the Baby Formula Shortage

– May 24, 2022

“If the Biden administration is serious about addressing the baby formula shortage, they’d forget about ‘working around the clock’ and simply abolish the protectionist policies and regulations that are making it more difficult to purchase formula.” ~ Jon Miltimore

Cronyism Makes the Baby Formula Shortage Worse

– May 24, 2022

“When a recall or a shortage happens, parents would have far more options in a free market than in the current regulatory mess of cronyism and protectionism.” ~ Ryan Young

Preparing for Payment System Fragility

– May 23, 2022

“Inflation creates many problems, including an increased risk of payment system glitches, like the shuttering of banking and credit card networks, leaving individuals economically stranded.” ~ Robert E. Wright

A Market for Mosquito Control?

– May 23, 2022

“In addition to the standard factors of mosquito control, perhaps we should consider the role economic freedom plays. Such institutions enhance competition, encourage innovation, and lead to more opportunities to kill mosquitoes.” ~ Byron B. Carson III

The Perils of a Modern Babel

– May 23, 2022

“Pursuing a modern Babel project through social media technology is not any better than the ancient Biblical project pursued with bricks.” ~ Richard Gunderman & Mark Mutz

“Woke” Fed Fell Asleep on the Job

– May 22, 2022

“With inflation raging at the highest rate in 40 years, it is time to reexamine the Fed’s legitimate responsibilities.” ~ Nicholas Curott & James McClure

Rutgers, Lawsuits, and Buyer’s Remorse

– May 22, 2022

“The federal lawsuits, one a class action and the other a whistleblower litigation, claim the New Jersey business school concocted the hoax to obtain top ratings with publications such as U.S. News & World Report.” ~ Gregory Bresiger

All Costs Considered

– May 21, 2022

“When facing calls to ‘do something’ no matter the cost, we must remember that there is no magic wand, nor are there solutions, only trade-offs.” ~ David Gillette & Caroline Wright

Lost Horizon

– May 21, 2022

“National Geographic once represented the open mind and questing heart of classical liberalism at its best. Now, it’s content with woke platitudes.” ~ Mark Judge

Superstitious Storytellers

– May 20, 2022

“Unfortunately, human progress isn’t linear. Faced with the failure of one narrative, or the hypocrisy of one storyteller, we may quickly hurry into the arms of another, which offers no more truth.” ~ Laura Williams

Many Workers May Never Return to the Office, and That’s a Good Thing

– May 20, 2022

“It seems safe to predict that the percentage of white-collar workers reporting to their workplace every day may never reach the levels of early 2020. After all, working and living in the same place is just natural.” ~ Eli Lehrer

Let’s Cancel Student Loans – Not Forgive Them, But Cancel the Program

– May 20, 2022

“Higher education in the US is bloated and dysfunctional because federal meddling turned it into a mass entitlement. Turn off the federal spigot and it will rapidly improve.” ~ George Leef