How the Fed Can Improve Financial Stability and Reduce Inequality

– September 13, 2021

“There is clear evidence that bank deregulation can improve financial stability while also shrinking inequality. By lowering the costs of doing business, strong but simple regulations improve job opportunities for low-skilled and minority workers.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan & Amelia Janaskie


Was the OnlyFans Ban a Symptom of Creeping Financial Censorship?

– September 9, 2021

“It is unfortunate that OnlyFans content creators were nearly deplatformed. However, it seems to be a local incident, and not indicative of a global decline in accessibility to payments.” ~ J.P. Koning


Markets Already Internalize Externalities

– September 8, 2021

“What’s so fascinating about this instance is that the economist corps already knows this: markets internalize externalities – by land value, by selection, by trade-off along other margins that matter to people.” ~ Joakim Book


Government Opposition to Bitcoin

– September 7, 2021

“Government obstacles to widespread adoption take many forms, from mere transaction policy to outright bans on alternatives while providing close substitutes in the form of central bank digital currencies.” ~ William J. Luther


The Year of Corporate Discontent

– September 6, 2021

“If you thought things were crazy on the corporate scene over the last few years, you should check out what happened in 1970. It is the stuff of blockbuster books and movies.” ~ Robert E. Wright


Nixonomics in Retrospect: Devaluation and Wage-Price Controls, August 15, 1971

– August 18, 2021

“Many costly tax and other economic policy mistakes were made in the seventies, but the worst problems of the 1973-82 stagflationary era by far were the legacy of terrible monetary and regulatory blunders made in 1971.” ~ Alan Reynolds


Are Big Companies Ripping Us Off?

– August 16, 2021

“Politicians who benefit by pretending to ameliorate even the most minor complaints take action, regulate voluntary transactions, and affect how gains from trade can be distributed or even occur.” ~ Anthony Gill


Teaching Introductory Economics

– August 16, 2021

“Economics supplies indispensable mental habits and analytical tools for gaining a better understanding of why and how it is that each of us, every moment of every day, enjoy the fruits of the labors and creativity of literally billions of strangers.”~ Donald J. Boudreaux


Energy Infamy: Nixon’s 1971 Price Controls Turn 50

– August 14, 2021

“The 1970s stand as one of most grievous eras in the history of energy, and public policy in general. And it happened as a byproduct of a seemingly innocuous, temporary government intervention.” ~ Robert L. Bradley Jr.


Baptists, Bootleggers, and (Pretend-) Meat

– August 13, 2021

“There are plenty of things in life that are unhealthy and/or dangerous. Maybe I’m just a knee-jerk libertarian, but I think adults should be free to make their own choices about the levels of risk they’re willing to incur.” ~ Daniel J. Mitchell


How Tether Can Improve Its Pie Chart

– August 5, 2021

“Tether will be publishing its next pie chart sometime in the middle of August. Given its flagging issuance, Tether has every reason to do a better job than before. The whole cryptocurrency world will be watching.” ~ J.P. Koning


Government Action and Private Unions

– August 4, 2021

“The Supreme Court should directly address exclusive representation in both private and government employment. It may agree to hear such arguments in some appropriate future case.” ~ Charles W. Baird