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David Henderson: February 2009

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Me on the Economics of Imperialism

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
David Henderson
In this radio interview, Scott Horton interviews me about various current economic issues including: the Obama budget, the Bush-Paulson-Bernanke bailout, why most of the Republicans in Congress have zero credibility in pushing for small government, the economics of imperialism, Adam... MORE

Adolf Hitler's Economics

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
David Henderson
Lew Rockwell has an interesting article today on Adolf Hitler's economic policies. His bottom line: Adolf Hitler was a Keynesian. Two highlights: What were those economic policies? He suspended the gold standard, embarked on huge public works programs like Autobahns,... MORE

Obama's Gall

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
Consider the chronology. . In January 2009, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the fiscal year 2009 budget deficit will be over one trillion dollars, or, specifically, $1,186 billion. It also predicts a deficit in FY2013 of $257 billion. .... MORE

Great Lines from Bob Lucas

Macroeconomics
David Henderson
The first book review I did for Fortune, in 1984, was of Arjo Klamer's Conversations with Economists. In future posts, I'll quote some of my favorite quotes from Bob Solow and from others. Here's my favorite passage from the interview... MORE

Summers' Warning?

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
In a recent NBER working paper, "How Globalization Affects Tax Design," (WP # 14664), James R. Hines, Jr. and Lawrence H. Summers point out that the increasing mobility of capital makes economic activity more sensitive to tax rates, thus increasing... MORE

Yeah, right . . . The Time Inconsistency Problem

Public Choice Theory
David Henderson
Yesterday, Shaun Donovan, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was on Face the Nation to defend President Obama's bailout program for mortgage holders. The questioner, CBS's Bob Schieffer, asked some good questions. One of his best... MORE

The Wonder of Economic Freedom

Political Economy
David Henderson
Yesterday my wife and I got on the road early to go to San Jose (we live 75 miles south in Pacific Grove) to help our daughter move her stuff from a storage locker to a shared apartment in San... MORE

Krugman's Collectivism

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
When someone accuses someone else of stupidity and the someone who does the accusing is generally pretty smart, I expect that the accusation, even if nasty, will at least hit the target. Not so Paul Krugman's attack on Ohio Republican... MORE

"I Don't Care"

Political Economy
David Henderson
That's the message President Obama is sending to those who have saved their money and waited on the sidelines to buy a house. One intended effect of his mortgage bailout plan is to support housing prices and the unintended effect... MORE

Lie to Me

Revealed Preference
David Henderson
Like my fellow blogger Bryan, I take particular pleasure in seeing people "tell it like it is." For that reason, I particularly like the new TV show, "Lie to Me." In it, some federal government employees (you can't have everything)... MORE

Rick Santelli: My New Hero

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
In response to Bryan Caplan's post this morning about Hank Rearden and Atlas Shrugged, one of the commenters, Bob Murphy, made an insightful comment and another commenter, megapolisomancy, recommended the following youtube video of CNBC's Rick Santelli. This is fresh... MORE

Lunch with John Nash

Game Theory
David Henderson
Nobel prize winner John Nash is visiting my school, the Naval Postgraduate School, this week and is giving a speech tomorrow to the student body. Some of my economist colleagues and I had lunch with him today. He seems to... MORE

Folsom on New Deal

Economic History
David Henderson
I saw a masterful performance yesterday at San Jose State University: a talk by historian Burton Folsom on his new book, New Deal, Raw Deal. Folsom has a lot of energy and humor. The way he told the story of... MORE

One-Two Punch on Mark-to-Market

Regulation
David Henderson
Today, the Wall Street Journal published two excellent letters on the mark-to-market regs that banks are under. IMO, too little has been written about this by economists. The second letter tells a horror story; the first makes a constructive suggestion... MORE

Marginal Tax Rates Will Rise

Supply-side Economics
David Henderson
As I have been saying for the last month or so, when I saw the details of the tax rebate (and I'm sure other marginalists have been saying so too), under the "stimulus" bill that President Obama will sign today,... MORE

Who is Jan Helfeld?

Politics and Economics
David Henderson
In a comment on one of my recent posts, commenter Patrick Sullivan referenced an interview with Harry Reid in which the interviewer tried to get Senator Reid to admit that taxes are involuntary. Reid simply wouldn't. I found the style... MORE

Favorite "Liberal" Economist

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
In the 1990s, before Paul Krugman became a regular columnist for the New York Times, my friend Alan Reynolds referred to Krugman as "my favorite Keynesian economist." What he had in mind, I think, was Krugman's great popular articles on... MORE

Canada's Central Bank

Economic History
David Henderson
Yesterday, blogger Megan McArdle had an interesting post on Canada. She wrote: Canada is now being held up as a regulatory example to us, but Canada has always been an odd duck--it was also the only major economy in the... MORE

Sentences of the Day

Politics and Economics
David Henderson
In response to Tyler Cowen's statement that Arnold Kling "wasn't guilty of anything in the first place, except perhaps having exaggerated the coercive nature of taxation," commenter Laserlight asks: Are you suggesting that taxation is not coercive? If I just... MORE

Land of Lincoln

Economic History
David Henderson
My occasional co-author, Jeff Hummel, has scored a real coup: getting a balanced assessment of Abraham Lincoln published in Illinois. And not just in Illinois but also in the most important Illinois newsaper, the Chicago Tribune. And not just in... MORE

Markets in Everything

Economics of Crime
David Henderson
Two judges in Pennsylvania are alleged to have taken bribes in return for sentencing teenagers to jail. One case was that of Ms. Hillary Transue: Hillary Transue did not have an attorney, nor was she told of her right to... MORE

Obama's New Deal, Part 3

Labor Market
David Henderson
In a recent post, I said that whatever other mistakes Obama was making, at least he was repeating only 1 of 4 mistakes that Hoover/FDR (I think I'll start calling them Herbert Delano Roosevelt) made. Commenters pointed out correctly that... MORE

Drug War Success

Regulation
David Henderson
The best sentence of the day: "If the drug effort were failing there would be no violence," a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. In other words, the fact that there is violence in Latin America means the drug war is... MORE

James Wolcott and Stereotypes

Revealed Preference
David Henderson
My co-blogger, Arnold Kling, posted today about a blogger named James Wolcott. Mr. Wolcott appears to be someone who is deeply troubled by those who would use stereotypes to make their case. But because I didn't know who Mr. Wolcott... MORE

Are We Getting to Him?

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
During President Obama's press conference on Monday, the first question was: Can you talk about what you know or what you're hearing that would lead you to say that our recession might be permanent when others in our history have... MORE

"The President Believes"

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
In a recent post I wrote about Larry Summers: I doubt that he likes the awful [stimulus] bill, but what I'm pretty sure of is that he likes being on the inside. One commenter, Charlie, wrote: it's amazing how both... MORE

Sense from Frank Rich

Economic History
David Henderson
Yes, you read that correctly. Frank Rich, the partisan New York Times columnist, has a good column today. In it, he delves into what he calls "[T]he tsunami of populist rage coursing through America." Here's one of the best sections:... MORE

Barro Interview

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
Check out the interview with Harvard economist Robert Barro. He makes some excellent points, one of the main ones being the important difference between a tax rebate and a cut in tax rates. I made this point in my Forbes.com... MORE

More Appreciation of Hazlitt

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
David Henderson
In his excellent post this morning on Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson, Bryan Caplan, in my opinion, slightly understated the case for Hazlitt. I agree with everything Bryan said, but he gives the impression that Hazlitt's treatment is simplistic.... MORE

Me on KQED-FM

International Trade
David Henderson
On Thursday, February 5 at 9:00 a.m. PST, I'll be on KQED-FM in San Francisco until 10:00 a.m. The show is called Forum. The topic: the "Buy American" provisions in the "stimulus" bill. The other person being interviewed is Harley... MORE

Russ Roberts on "Stimulus"

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
In yesterday's Boston Globe, GMU economist Russ Roberts has an excellent piece on the proposed "stimulus" package. The article is directed against the huge spending and tax rebate bill working its way through Congress. Roberts recognizes upfront that even Nobel... MORE

Middlemen by Munger

Economic Education
David Henderson
The feature article on Econlib this month is by economically literate political scientist Michael Munger. In it, he defends the role of the middleman, drawing on two classic articles, one by Bastiat and one by R.A. Radford. My favorite paragraph:... MORE

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