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David Henderson: April 2010

An Author Archive by Month (22 entries)

Good News on African Poverty

Growth: Consequences
David Henderson
Here's what Columbia University economist Xavier Sala-i-Martin and Columbia graduate Maxim Pinkovskiy wrote: The conventional wisdom that Africa is not reducing poverty is wrong. Using the methodology of Pinkovskiy and Sala-i-Martin (2009), we estimate income distributions, poverty rates, and inequality... MORE

How Napoleonic Conscription Came to America

Labor Market
David Henderson
My piece on how conscription came to America, titled "From 'Porous' to 'Ruthless' Conscription: 1776-1917," is out in the latest issue of Independent Review. An excerpt: As Robert Higgs insists, beliefs matter in social affairs (1987, 38). Although this idea... MORE

The Decline of Freedom

Regulation
David Henderson
In the January 23, 2010, Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle, one of the clues was "Sassy reply to criticism." The answer: "It's a free country." Why do I find this so striking? For two reasons. First, when I grew up... MORE

Tyler Cowen on Prohibition

Economics of Crime
David Henderson
Tyler Cowen has written an excellent review of Daniel Okrent's new book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Cowen summarizes how the stars lined up in the late nineteen teens for prohibition to occur. One thing he misses,... MORE

My Recollections of the 1970s

Economic History
David Henderson
Bryan's question is tough to answer. In the culture and in the media, things are so much better now, in the sense that the mainstream media feel the need to contend with libertarian and free-market ideas. They didn't feel that... MORE

Monterey Tea Party

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
There's a short Youtube segment done by a local libertarian activist in which he interviews Lawrence Samuels, the libertarian who got me active in grassroots issues early in the decade, and then interviews me. The segment with me starts at... MORE

Reflections on Competing Visions

Labor Market
David Henderson
After my discussion this morning on KQED, I had an "aha" moment. It was when Craig called in at about the 40:40 point and the ensuing discussion, first by me, then by Sylvia Allegretto. Craig said that he has a... MORE

Me on KQED-FM Forum

Upcoming Events
David Henderson
I'll be on KQED-FM tomorrow from 9:00 to 10:00 PDT talking about whether the economy is on the rebound. My gut feel is that it is, but that things like unemployment insurance extensions, the minimum wage increase last summer, government... MORE

Canada's Road to Balanced Budgets

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
Arnold has commented on Tyler Cowen's post on the steps the Canadian government took in the 1990s to reduce budget deficits and turn them into surpluses. The government did it mainly with reductions in the growth of government spending and... MORE

Is Bryan Caplan Hypocritical?

Economics of Crime
David Henderson
In a discussion last week about the fact that Bryan Caplan, who opposes government funding of higher education, nevertheless works in a government-funded university, one commenter, Chipotle, wrote: If you were walking home one night and you saw a cat... MORE

Concise Encyclopedia in the News

Labor Market
David Henderson
Getting back from the APEE meetings in Las Vegas at midnight Tuesday, I didn't have time to read Tuesday's Wall Street Journal until this a.m. And there, in the top unsigned editorial (the Journal calls it "Review and Outlook"), was... MORE

Tyler Cowen's Speech at APEE

Growth: Consequences
David Henderson
I heard a very good speech by Tyler Cowen at the Association for Private Enterprise Education conference in Las Vegas today. It was titled "Why Is It Such a Deep and Long Recession?" In it, he not only explained what... MORE

What Nudge Really Says

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
David Henderson
Co-bloggers Arnold and Bryan have posted recently on their view that "libertarian paternalism" would be more attractive if its advocates pushed to replace existing paternalist policies with softer "nudging" paternalist policies. Scott Sumner has said something similar. But as I... MORE

My Letter to Wall Street Journal

Economics of Health Care
David Henderson
On Monday, I sent a letter to the Wall Street Journal about its editorial, "The Separation of Health and State." Here it is: The title of your editorial, "The Separation of Health and State" (April 6), was better than the... MORE

John Goodman on Equality in Health Care

Economics of Health Care
David Henderson
John Goodman did a nice job yesterday in his blog on health care. Here is an excerpt: Suppose the Cleveland Clinic announced an opening for surgery tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. (prepping begins at 6:00 a.m.). I have a better... MORE

Presentation in Las Vegas

Upcoming Events
David Henderson
Next Tuesday, April 13, I'll be making a presentation in Las Vegas at the annual meetings of the Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE). My topic is "Is the Middle Class Disappearing?" Unusually for me, I actually have the final... MORE

How Much is Government Costing Us?

Fiscal Policy
David Henderson
A few months ago, in the comments on one of Bryan's posts (I can't remember which one), Bob Murphy asserted that real income per capita would rise by a large double-digit percent within a year or two if the size... MORE

NCAA Fesses Up--in Prime Time

Labor Market
David Henderson
The (subsidized) fix is in. There are over 400,000 NCAA student athletes. And just about all of us will be going pro in something other than sports. While the NCAA, with the above as its advertising line for the last... MORE

Turley on Constitutionality of Obamacare

Economics of Health Care
David Henderson
One of my favorite legal scholars, Jonathan Turley, has weighed in on the constitutionality of the Obama health insurance scheme. Here's a key paragraph: With this legislation, Congress has effectively defined an uninsured 18-year-old man in Richmond as an interstate... MORE

Avatar Follow-Up

Property Rights
David Henderson
I posted on Avatar as a defense of property rights in January. I commented that during the movie, I had whispered to one of my friends, "This is the Kelo decision." Various people pushed back on this site and on... MORE

Dick Rutan on Aeronautical Progress and Government

Regulation and Subsidies
David Henderson
I've just returned from a 2.5 hour presentation by Dick Rutan, the man who, with Jeana Yeager, flew the first non-stop non-refueled flight around the world. They did so in December 1986. It was an amazing show that I recommend... MORE

Congress Messes Up

Economics of Health Care
David Henderson
One of the reasons to have hearings on legislation is so people who comb through it can point out hidden traps, ambiguous language, unintended consequences, etc. But large parts of the Senate bill on health care that went into law... MORE

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