Research Briefs

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Tax debates might have better outcomes if we began by acknowledging that the politicians take the money from the people who earn it. It’s not the politicians’ money. It’s ours.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

With inflation ticking upward in 2017, retirees are likely to see the largest cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security benefits since 2011.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

David Ricardo’s classic book extolling free trade turns 200 years old this year. Its rediscovery could do much to improve current trends.

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The ceiling is often likened to a credit-card limit, but that’s a bad analogy. The federal government doesn't have a debt limit at all. It has a debt sky.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Internet-based platforms have connected individuals to each other for almost two decades. The real innovation at the heart of what’s been named the “sharing economy” is the realization that such peer-to-peer matching can transform markets for services such as transportation, lodging, and general errands.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Do we want to feel good, or do we want people to have the goods they need?

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Viewing the heartbreaking damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, the last thing we should want is for people to be encouraged to live where hurricanes and floods are common. Yet the government has been doing just that for decades.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Nothing raises Americans’ ire more than tax increases, but most of us don’t know that we face a hidden income-tax hike almost every year that the economy grows.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

“The first principle of economics is that valuable resources are scarce; the first principle of politics is to ignore the first principle of economics.”

Friday, September 1st, 2017

As incurable optimists, human beings look for silver linings in the darkest of clouds. It’s an admirable trait, but some silver linings are illusions. Spotting them requires the economic way of thinking.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A company is trying to bring the calming influence of gold to the Wild West frontier of cryptocurrencies

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Many Americans think of themselves as pragmatists. Pundits often brag they are non-ideological independents. Forget theory; let’s just figure out what works.

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A monetary standard based on Bitcoin, a digital currency, would act something like the gold standard in making price levels more predictable and stabilizing exchange rates but would likely be undone by politicians and central bankers.

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

When enthusiasts of the free economy address a social problem by saying, “The market will handle it,” critics accuse them of being simplistic, even glib.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has tossed a wet blanket on initial coin offerings just as they were soaring as an alternative financing vehicle for young companies.

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The rise of blockchain technology and associated cryptocurrencies is creating both exciting funding opportunities for young companies and potential regulatory battlegrounds.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Taxes are being collected to help end the financial crisis that ended nearly a decade ago.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act conveys a valuable lesson in where economic illiteracy can lead.

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The Penn State University climate scientist known for his “hockey stick” computer model and hair-trigger litigiousness has suffered a stiff check within the Canadian court arena.

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