Economics and Economic Freedom

A free and prosperous society requires a functioning market economy at its foundation. Using a broad array of tools drawn from price theory, public choice analysis, Austrian theory, and classical empiricism, our study of economics and economic freedom explores the underpinnings of the market system, the roots of economic prosperity, and emerging threats to the same in the public policy sphere. Our work includes the measurement of freedom and providing practical economic information for people to make better decisions.

Articles

Crimes Against Prosperity

“It is undeniable what policies lead to economic growth and what keeps people down. Leaders who believe otherwise will continue to blame everything but themselves for not only their failures, but their direct role in keeping their citizens impoverished and miserable. When people are free, they prosper, and when they are not, they suffer. It’s as simple as that.” ~ Ethan Yang

“Race Manners” Reinforce a Harmful Race Conscious

“The real task of ‘race manners’ is for people to start looking at each other as individual human beings, with the goal of reaching the point when the color of a person’s skin is looked at and weighed in a way that means nothing more than it does today when we happen to notice that someone’s eyes that are blue rather than green, or that a person’s hair is blond versus brunette.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

Unit Auto Sales Fell in June

“Light-vehicle sales fell again in June, falling below the recent range. A semiconductor shortage continues to disrupt production and is likely distorting sales, inventories, and prices.” – Robert Hughes

The Will to Power and the Specter of Hubris

“Every intellectual and moral superior, from the Catholic Church half a millennium ago to the New York Times army of woke, preferred-pronoun-revealing editorial writers have thought themselves arrived at the final state of affairs. If you dare deviate, if you dare question the intellectually supreme class, if you dare utter those revealing words (‘hang on a minute…’), you deserve every ill that comes your way.” ~ Joakim Book

Market Competition Is the Best Solution for Big Tech Power

“We have no right to post our opinions on another’s private property. The only real monopoly is the government itself or a business given a special privilege by the government. Government is the only entity that can legally use force and it is Big Government that is the real threat to liberty.” ~

A Conversation on Occupational Licensing

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan interviews AIER Visiting Research Fellow and Economics PhD candidate at Middle Tennessee State University Protik Nandy to discuss occupational licensing. Occupational licensing continues to intrude into more areas of American economic life, creating little benefit for public safety while harming both workers and consumers.” ~ Ethan Yang