Bryan Caplan and David Henderson

Trade Barriers

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In my discussion with Alan B. Krueger on NPR on Wednesday, I pointed out that governments in the United States hamper or prevent entry into many hundreds of occupations. I gave as an example the taxicab monopoly in Monterey and... MORE

The new future of television?

Trade Barriers
Alberto Mingardi
Google is launching a new device, Chromecast, which has been hailed as a potential "game changer" for the television market. If I get it right, Chromecast basically allows you to bring your web streaming to your television. This would allow... MORE

Dambisa Moyo and the conquest of the US by China

Trade Barriers
Alberto Mingardi
Is the Chinese blend of capitalism, communism, and mercantilism an alternative to Western "democratic capitalism"? Author and economist Dambisa Moyo argues so in a recent TED talk, suggesting that Western countries (which means, first and foremost, the United States) need... MORE

Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

Taxation
David Henderson
I've held off commenting on Margaret Thatcher because I didn't know her legacy as well as many did. In 2011, Bruce Bartlett pointed out that she did not succeed in reducing government spending or government revenue as a percent... MORE

Caught My Eye

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
Timothy Taylor writes, The single most costly trade barrier concerns rules against importing ethanol. The fact that such rules exist at all, of course, strongly suggests that the key issue in ethanol policy is not how much gasoline we can... MORE

A Child Understands the Fall of the Wall

Regulation
David Henderson
As Bryan has mentioned, Monday, November 9 will be the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Chapter 3 of my book, The Joy of Freedom: An Economist's Odyssey, I tell that story and integrate it with... MORE

Seminar in Portland

Trade Barriers
David Henderson
Next Saturday, November 22, I will be giving two talks at the 18th Annual Freedom Seminar in Portland, Oregon. My two talks are titled, "The Case for Free Trade and Against Barrierism" and "The Paulson Bailout: Bush's Road to Serfdom."... MORE

Manufacturing Crisis?

International Trade
Arnold Kling
On Labor Day, President Bush announced that there would be a new Assistant Secretary of Commerce charged with addressing the decline in manufacturing employment. This prompted a number of skeptical responses. Yesterday, Daniel Gross wrote, The new assistant secretary must... MORE

Comment of the Week, 2003-06-12

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
On the subject of globalization, 'achilles' writes There is a burgeoning movement that seeks to blame rising unemployment in the United States on the "export" of jobs to cheaper lands overseas. That is version 2.0 of the old mindset that... MORE

Protesting Globalization

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
Given her credentials as a conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafly is one of the stranger bedfellows of the anti-globo movement. Here is her protectionist proposal: Congress should reject all attempts to extend the current number of H-1B visas and allow the... MORE

China, India and Deflation

International Macroeconomics: Exchange Rates, International Debt, etc.
Arnold Kling
Prashant Kothari forwarded an email from one of his readers that said, I think global deflation is [in] the cards as long as we have free trade in goods and services. China is rapidly becoming a sophisticated manufacturer and there... MORE

21st Century Trade Barriers

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
Two stories that have been discussed recently about new variations of protectionism. One concerns the European Union's ban on genetically modified food. This issue will be taken to the World Trade Organization by the U.S., along with other countries, including... MORE

Trading with Weasels

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
In this essay, I argue against excluding France, Germany, and Russia from trading with Iraq. Private-sector companies from France, Germany, and Russia should be allowed to compete for Iraq's business, along with other private-sector companies. Even if we have a... MORE

Agricultural Trade Barriers

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
Paul J. Gessig makes the case for dismantling U.S. agricultural subsidies. According to Organization for Economic Coordination and Development (OECD) data and calculations from Dan Griswold of the Cato Institute, completely eliminating the current web of subsidies and tariffs would... MORE

Organ Transplant Market?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Arnold Kling
Irwin M. Stelzer argues that the shortage of organ donors is due to price controls--in particular, the fact that organ donors do not get paid. if we can begin to think about this issue in a clear-headed way, we might... MORE

Comment of the Week, 2003-03-13

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
The topic of the World Population Outlook leads to the issue of immigration. David Thomson made this point. We need to educate these people so that they can become productive citizens. Will this encourage more Mexicans and others to break... MORE

Trade War?

Trade Barriers
Arnold Kling
The WindsofChange blog asks, will the foreign-policy rift over Iraq spark a trade war between the U.S. and other countries? Indeed, a long term French campaign to introduce retaliatory and anti-USA tarrifs in the EU strikes me as not only... MORE

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