Topic: Economic Education

Beware of the Ceiling

– March 1, 2024

“Alas, most voters are ignorant of Econ 101. They don’t realize that price ceilings actually decrease buyers’ access to goods whose prices are kept artificially low by government diktats.” ~Donald J. Boudreaux


Who is the Greatest Economist of All Time?

– February 28, 2024

“No matter what your specialization, whether in economics or in any other field, Cowen has written a book which is trying to convince you to break out of your specialization and rediscover the broader world of ideas.” ~James Hartley


New AIER Podcast: Econception

– February 15, 2024

Experience the debut episode of AIER’s newest podcast ‘Econception,’ hosted by Dominic Pino. The economy is complicated, but markets work.


NJ’s Plastic Bag Ban Backfires Horribly

– February 14, 2024

“Ignoring the secondary consequences of a policy and focusing solely on its primary intended consequences is what separates a bad economist from a good one.” ~Jon Miltimore


Can Adam Smith Save Gen Z?

– February 7, 2024

“Convincing this generation of college students requires making the positive argument for the free market, restoring to prominence the real case Adam Smith made for markets, individual liberty, and restrained government against the backdrop of official state control.” ~Blake Ball


Create Wealth Without Making Anything

– February 5, 2024

“Sellers at vintage markets and flea malls are creating value every bit as much as their friends and neighbors working in the coal mines or in the mills. They’re transforming lower-value assets to higher-value uses.” ~Art Carden


Arguments Against The Death Penalty and Gun Control Have A Few Things in Common

– January 24, 2024

“We can’t say, ‘There is no point, because the average criminal won’t obey the law.’ Just because the average criminal doesn’t obey the law, that does not mean the marginal criminal won’t.” ~Art Carden


Please Stop Helping Me! A Homeless Economist Faces Unintended Consequences

– January 11, 2024

“Any decent student in a micro-principles class can tell you that interventions have unintended consequences. Here are some of the ‘protections’ from which I am suffering.” ~Nikolai Wenzel


Remembering James Gwartney, 1940-2024

– January 10, 2024

Gwartney will be remembered as a master economic educator and founder of the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, which is published by Canada’s Fraser Institute.


The Economic Organization of a Military Training Scenario

– December 30, 2023

“Nobody ever planned MRE cheese spread as the preferred medium of exchange between military service members. Cheese spontaneously emerged, again and again, in a process of competition between goods.” ~Emile Phaneuf III


A Short ESG Guide: Economic Problems

– December 29, 2023

“The current approach to mitigating climate change guarantees inefficiency and waste. No one knows which technologies and which companies will be most effective.” ~Paul Mueller


Podcast: How free is your state?

– December 26, 2023

AIER’s Jason Sorens joins Kate Wand on Liberty Curious to discuss his book ‘Freedom in the 50 States.” In this 7th edition, New Hampshire, Florida, and South Dakota are the freest states in the country. Where does your state rank?