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

A Conversation About Human Progress and Innovation

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan Yang speaks with Marian Tupy, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and the editor of HumanProgress.org. The topics discussed touch on issues such as the rapidly improving living standards across the world, the causal factors of prosperity, the pace of innovation, and why the common narrative often distorts perceptions of human progress for the worse.” ~ AIER

Bureaucracy as Constituency

“As long as the federal bureaucracy remains largely unchecked, expect to see that bureaucracy grow unabated. Expect to see laws getting longer and more complex by the year. And expect to see no one in Washington taking responsibility for a federal government that has been out of control for the better part of a century.” ~ Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan

With Capitalism, Cooperation Is Just as Important as Competition

“Unlike the common condemnation of markets as the antithesis of cooperation, Leonard Read recognized, with Ludwig von Mises, that competitive markets comprise ‘a system of mutual cooperation,’ where ‘the function of competition is to assign to every member of the social system that position in which he can best serve the whole of society and all of its members.'” ~ Gary M. Galles

Seven Deadly Economic Sins: A Review

“Seven Deadly Economic Sins is a must read for the general public, policymakers, and students of economics who wish to gain an understanding, at a philosophical level, of the economic fallacies that continue to circulate in common thought and among certain policymakers, along with a convincing rebuttal of each, placed in the context of why getting it right matters for human progress.” ~ David Waugh

Everyday Prices Rise at the Fastest Annual Pace Since 2011

“AIER’s Everyday Price Index posted a sixth straight monthly increase, reflecting a wide range of materials shortages, logistical, supply chain, and labor problems. As these issues are worked out, price pressures are likely to ease.” – Robert Hughes

Go East, Young Man.

“What matters now is whether California will do anything at all to make it a more palatable possibility for people who would be inclined to live there. If not, we’ll see continued erosion of the tax base, as it is only people who pay taxes who are inclined to leave, and a smaller congressional contingent with each passing census.” ~ James R. Harrigan