Bryan Caplan and David Henderson

Obituaries

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Joan Rivers: More than a Comedian

Obituaries
David Henderson
Like many people, I mourn the loss of Joan Rivers. In the last year or so, my wife and I have gotten into watching Fashion Police and enjoying, except for her over-the-top comments, many of Joan's great, obviously prepared, catty... MORE

Last night, I did a segment on the John Batchelor Show on the late George Hilton. Here it is. My part starts at 33:10 and goes to the end. One correction: John referred to me as the Features Editor of... MORE

George Hilton, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
UPDATE BELOW On August 4, while I was on my vacation, my beloved transportation economics professor, George Hilton, died. Co-blogger Art Carden has rightly singled out one of his best articles in a post earlier today. Here are some of... MORE

John Blundell, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Last night, I saw on Facebook that John Blundell died yesterday. He was only 61 years old. Less than two months ago, I had posted on his personal reminiscences of the three Austrian economics conferences in the mid-1970s, two of... MORE

Carlos Ball, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Ian Vasquez of the Cato Institute reports: Venezuelan journalist and Cato adjunct scholar Carlos Ball passed away last week. He was 75. Carlos was a champion of liberty and a long-time friend to so many of us in the freedom... MORE

My Hoover Obit on Gary Stanley Becker

Obituaries
David Henderson
Here's a long excerpt: One major problem that Becker addressed in his column was the drug war. He did not shrink from advocating a free market in illegal drugs, a good that he, I'm confident, did not buy. He saw... MORE

Gary S. Becker, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Becker's unusually wide applications of economics started early. In 1955 he wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago on the economics of discrimination. Among other things, Becker successfully challenged the Marxist view that discrimination helps the person who... MORE

The Moral Vision of a Blind Economist

Obituaries
David Henderson
That's the title that Regulation gave my piece on Walter Oi. [I had given it the title "An Economist of Character Who Was a Real Character.] It appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Regulation. I had already written a... MORE

Murray Weidenbaum, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Murray Weidenbaum, Ronald Reagan's first chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, died on Thursday. The New York Times obit on him is excellent, uncovering some nuggets about him that I hadn't known. Check out the picture in the... MORE

Walter Oi, An Appreciation

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David Henderson
UPDATE below: Walter thought the draft was wrong because he thought that people should be able to make such an important choice--whether to join the military or not--for themselves. His passion for free labor markets was what motivated his work... MORE

Nelson Mandela, RIP

Labor Market
David Henderson
UPDATE BELOW: I just heard from a KQED news producer a few minutes ago that Nelson Mandela has died. Mandela was a great man. The obvious reason was his courage and persistence in fighting against Apartheid. The somewhat less-obvious reason... MORE

Henderson on Coase

Obituaries
David Henderson
My op/ed on Ronald Coase's work was published in today's Wall Street Journal. Here's an ungated version published by the Hoover Institution. While, of course, I discussed the two articles that were most responsible for his winning the Nobel Prize,... MORE

Ronald Coase, 1910-2013

Obituaries
Art Carden
I checked Twitter a minute ago and learned that Ronald Coase has passed away. Coase's contributions were...Coasean. I'm not sure if I can think of a strong enough adjective to describe what he did in just two articles--"The Nature of... MORE

Farewell to a great historian

Economic History
Alberto Mingardi
Historians, economists, and voracious readers all over the world mourn the passing of David Landes. Landes, arguably one of the greatest economic historians of our time, was a superb writer and captivated readers all over the world. His son Richard... MORE

Further Notes on James Buchanan

Public Choice Theory
David Henderson
In my haste last night to post on Jim Buchanan, I neglected to point out that a large percent of his work is on-line for free at Liberty Fund's Online Library of Economics and Liberty. Go here and scroll down... MORE

James M. Buchanan, RIP

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
I found out on my smart phone, shortly before boarding a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. today, that Jim Buchanan has died. He was a good man and one of the most important economists of the last half... MORE

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