Best of ThinkMarkets 2008–2016

by Andreas Hoffmann and Mario Rizzo We had a look at the statistics of the blog when we updated the page.  We learned that ThinkMarkets has published almost 800 blog posts since 2008. Some posts have received a lot more attention than others. We have selected an all-time TOP 5: TOP 5: Against all odds, … Continue reading Best of ThinkMarkets 2008–2016

The Germans Have Learned Nothing

by Andreas Hoffmann Ever since the beginning of the EMU crisis, politicians, journalists and economists have blamed Germany’s "fiscal austerity" for the prolonged troubles in Europe’s periphery. If only the Germans spent more on goods and services, so the idea, the people in the periphery countries of Europe could sell more stuff. Exports would help … Continue reading The Germans Have Learned Nothing

Time for Reflection: “The Unity of the People”

This is from more than eight years ago. It was written in response to the Obama campaign and its call for unity. It applies again today to the World of Trump.

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by Mario Rizzo

After most presidential elections in recent years there is talk of uniting the country, somehow overcoming differences and working for the betterment of the nation. This is a dangerous idea if it is taken seriously.

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Lessons from the Uber-de Blasio Showdown

by Liya Palagashvili Earlier this summer, de Blasio attempted to cap the number of Uber and other ride-sharing drivers in New York City. Although he ended up dropping the proposal, the event itself serves as a wonderful pedagogical illustration of public choice insights. Here’s an excerpt from my op-ed on this: What can we learn … Continue reading Lessons from the Uber-de Blasio Showdown

Chickens Coming Home to Roost: The Progressive Destruction of Employment Opportunities

By Mario Rizzo There comes a point where the continual mandating of benefits and restrictions on hiring has big consequences. We can see the handwriting on the wall in Europe as well as in the US. In Europe the young are more and more being left out of the traditional forms of hiring . A … Continue reading Chickens Coming Home to Roost: The Progressive Destruction of Employment Opportunities

APEE: Call for Papers

Jerry O’Driscoll The Association of Private Enterprise Education will hold its annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 3rd to 5th, 2016. This year’s conference theme is Capitalism: Free-Market or Crony? Papers are welcome on that topic, as well as other topics relevant to market economies. That list certainly includes Austrian economics, Public Choice, etc. … Continue reading APEE: Call for Papers

Calculating the police against citizen homicide rate

by Edward Stringham We hear of high profile cases of police killings, but few look at the larger picture of how often American citizens are killed by police. What is the rate at which police kill citizens and how does that compare to other homicide rates? Although official statistics have historically been scant, we now … Continue reading Calculating the police against citizen homicide rate

Stringham appointed as the Davis Professor for Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College

by Edward Stringham I have enjoyed working with excellent colleagues and Ph.D. students at Texas Tech University, but I am thrilled to be hired as an endowed chair at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Undergraduate students interested in private enterprise, drop everything you are doing and enroll now! Parents of toddlers destined for success, create a … Continue reading Stringham appointed as the Davis Professor for Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College

Why students interested in free markets should get their Ph.D. at Texas Tech University

by Ed Stringham If you are interested in earning a Ph.D., or if you know someone who is, I strongly recommend studying at Texas Tech University where I have had the pleasure to teach this past year. At the center of the action is my good friend, Benjamin Powell, who directs the Free Market Institute … Continue reading Why students interested in free markets should get their Ph.D. at Texas Tech University

Organizing sessions for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics

By Ed Stringham I am pleased to have been selected as the next President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Many economists including Karen Vaughn, Mario Rizzo, Peter Lewin, Steve Horwitz, and Peter Boettke, have done great work and help make the society far bigger than I would have predicted. Sessions over the … Continue reading Organizing sessions for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics

The Blanchard Danger

by Roger Koppl Oliver Blanchard tells us “Where Danger Lurks”  in the macro-finance world. The big theme is nonlinearity, which is a profoundly conservative move: DSGE modeling is just fine and we don’t need to rethink it at all. We just need to add in some nonlinearities. Blanchard does not tell how to calibrate a … Continue reading The Blanchard Danger

Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science

by Glen Whitman Last year in this space, I posted the Call for Abstracts for a forthcoming book called Economics of the Undead. That project is now coming to fruition! The book will officially be published tomorrow; here's the Amazon page, and here's the Barnes & Noble page. (The Kindle version should also become available … Continue reading Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science

Economics Music Video Contest: Markets Promote Peace

by Edward Stringham As a professor, I am a  fan of rigorous economic research, but I am also a fan of helping students learn about how important economics is in an engaging way. John Papola did an excellent job with the Keynes Versus Hayek music videos (especially the second one with yours truly), and over the past … Continue reading Economics Music Video Contest: Markets Promote Peace

Zimbabwean Currencies: Condoms, Sweets and Paper Money

by Alexander Czombera* If there is one single law in economics then it is that markets tend to equilibrium. Or, to align this with Grove’s law  (“Technology will always win. You can delay technology by legal interference, but technology will flow around legal barriers”), the free market will find its ways, whether in white, grey … Continue reading Zimbabwean Currencies: Condoms, Sweets and Paper Money

Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism: Is There a Difference?

by Mario Rizzo I consider myself both a libertarian and a classical liberal. I have been teaching a seminar in classical liberalism at the NYU Law School for six semesters. I am always asked about the difference.  My answer is basically this. Classical liberalism is the philosophy of political liberty from the perspective of a … Continue reading Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism: Is There a Difference?

Interview with Gerald O’Driscoll

by Mario Rizzo I am happy to post a very interesting interview with my long-time friend and Cato senior fellow, Jerry O'Driscoll. As readers of ThinkMarkets know, Jerry frequently contributes to this blog. This is from the Lara-Murphy Report. The entire report can be accessed immediately below. The interview with O'Driscoll begins at page 24. … Continue reading Interview with Gerald O’Driscoll

South Africa and Ending Apartheid: W. H. Hutt and the Free Market Road Not Taken

                  by Richard M. Ebeling* The public eulogies marking the passing of Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013 have refocused attention on the long struggle in South Africa to bring about an end to racial discrimination and the Apartheid system. Forgotten or … Continue reading South Africa and Ending Apartheid: W. H. Hutt and the Free Market Road Not Taken

Poverty of Ethics without Economics: Bangladesh

by Mario Rizzo In a world where people’s ethical goals are intrinsic values we could easily argue, as did David Hume, that the values themselves are not subject to scientific analysis.  But, as things turn out, many of what people believe to be intrinsic values, and therefore ultimate goals, are not. They are intermediate ends … Continue reading Poverty of Ethics without Economics: Bangladesh

Let Wedding Cake Bakers Discriminate in Peace

By Mario Rizzo “A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.” Fox News 12/06/2013 Friedrich Hayek argues in his famous essay “Why I am … Continue reading Let Wedding Cake Bakers Discriminate in Peace

Economics Will Not Be Mocked

by Mario Rizzo A few years ago I read and studied in great detail Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical on globalization “Caritas in Veritate” or “Charity in Truth.” I posted a three-part analysis on the doubtful economics contained therein at ThinkMarkets. The first part is about the destructive influence of the encyclical. The second part is … Continue reading Economics Will Not Be Mocked

Adam Smith and Obamacare

by Mario Rizzo Based on my non-scientific sampling of the morning talk-programs on TV, the “progressives” have discovered the law of unintended consequences. There seems to be universal agreement that if Obamacare is altered to allow people to keep their current healthcare insurance, regardless of whether it covers all of the contingencies the law has … Continue reading Adam Smith and Obamacare

The Macroeconomics of Food Stamps

by Mario Rizzo The expansion of food stamp eligibility in response to the Great Recession was part of the so-called stimulus package. There were several aspects. First, there was a simple increase in the maximum amount allowed to beneficiaries of about 14%. There was also a tremendous drive to get people who are eligible, but … Continue reading The Macroeconomics of Food Stamps