June 2014

QOTD: Peter Boettke

Peter Boettke writing today at Coordination Problem: We live in an imperfect world populated by very imperfect individuals muddling through with the aid of various institutions, such as those of involved in financial intermediation. The system if based on the rule of law and freedom of contract, will be smarter than any of the individuals […]

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Response to my Brat article’s critics

I’ve noticed that comments on my piece at The Freeman today have been largely negative. Most of the negativity surrounds my claim that immigrants don’t come to the United States to become unemployed, and will therefore stop coming en masse when there are no jobs for them. I’m wrong, the commenters say, because immigrants are […]

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I got published: David Brat’s Bad Immigration Logic

I got published today at The Freeman on David Brat’s bad immigration logic. I haven’t been published at The Freeman before, so that’s cool. I’m sad to have to call Brat out on this issue, but facts are facts. He’s just dead wrong. And as an economics professor, he has no excuse. If, like he says, immigration […]

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I got reposted to Zero Hedge

My article at Mises.org yesterday was reposted to Zero Hedge. By the looks of it, the piece got quite the exposure. One commenter of the article’s link on Reddit made a comment that I think summarizes my argument quite well: If minimum wage works, why are people with disabilities exempted from it? Of course, there […]

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I got published

I got published at Mises.org today. Topic is how minimum wage law logically undermines itself. The 14(c) exemption for people with disabilities reveals the brokenness of minimum wage law. It makes the policy all the more heinous, as lawmakers insist on enforcing, and even strengthening, such laws while exhibiting their full awareness of how it […]

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Cantor. And Brat’s wrong on immigration.

The New York Times Editorial Board laments the fall of Eric Cantor to “little-known resident of the distant extremes” David Brat. They’re no fans of Cantor, but Brat, they say, is even worse. Two thoughts on this piece. 1. Eric Cantor epitomizes corporatism. His top five donors this past year include Blackstone Group, Scoggin Capital Management, Goldman […]

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Why inequality hawks (and their opposites) frustrate me

Paul Krugman’s June 1 New York Times op-ed “On Inequality Denial” makes me mad. In it, he criticizes Financial Times editor Chris Giles for his allegedly flawed critique of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He writes, We have two sources of evidence on both income and wealth: surveys, in which people are asked about […]

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