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GMU Econ alum Alex Nowrasteh reviews the important research that he and his Cato Institute colleagues did in 2018 on immigration. A slice: In 2016, illegal immigrants were 47 percent less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans and legal immigrants were 78 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives.  By race and ethnicity, legal immigrants and illegal immigrants were less likely to be incarcerated than their native-born co-ethnics. In the state of Texas, which...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy discussed tariffs two weeks ago on Cavuto. While I believe that most of the trade ‘violations’ that Beijing commits are committed against the Chinese people and not against Americans, Claude Barfield is correct to argue that the Trump administration’s undermining of the WTO works against many of that administration’s stated trade goals. David Henderson is right that Tucker Carlson’s objections to immigration are wrong. A slice:...

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Art Carden identifies five happy trends for which all of humanity ought to be thankful. A slice: Consider one of the major problems of modernity in wealthy countries: obesity. Where our ancestors starved, our problem today is that we have too many cheap, tasty calories. And today, literally, is a perfect example. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute reports that, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the inflation-adjusted cost of a Thanksgiving meal “is lowest...

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Here’s my GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan at his best. A slice: The socialists of today aren’t experienced logisticians who fail to see the disanalogies between running an organization and running a whole society.  They’re dreamers who want to lead before they learn to follow.  So while I’d gladly give a socialist general a lecture on the economics of socialism, today’s typical socialist needs to hear a simpler message: They should learn to make solid mundane plans for their own lives...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is sour on sugar-industry cronyism. Dan Mitchell writes sensibly about trade deficits. Jonah Goldberg reflects wisely on the acrimony prevalent in today’s American politics. See also this fine essay by Nick Gillespie. Pierre Lemieux muses about the inescapability – and implications – of scarcity. Steve Landsburg suspects that many people are irrationally inconsistent, at least when they are reckoning the prospects of tiny chances of...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy rightly opposes any extension of the tax credit for purchases of electric vehicles. A slice: The extender ritual is explained by the phenomenon of concentrated benefits and dispersed costs. That’s where the recipients of government handouts have a greater incentive to fight for the preservation of their benefits than the larger number of taxpayers, whose costs are spread thinner, have to resist them. And the longer the EV tax credit...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy, writing in Reason magazine, explains that tariffs really do matter. In my latest essay for AIER, I summarize the case that our environment has been cleaned by capitalism. A slice: In your garage or driveway sits yet another amazing anti-pollutant: your automobile. Sure, it does emit carbon monoxide into the air when you drive it, but your automobile does not emit onto the streets on which you live and work the bacterial wastes that...

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The great Steve Davies explains that multiethnic societies can be stable, peaceful, and prosperous. Here’s Steve’s conclusion: The great majority must hold fast to a humane position, in personal relations or speech, and organizing among themselves, to counteract the rise of politicized bigotry in all its forms. This is not easy but the cost of not doing it can be very high. My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy makes the case against government-provided paid parental...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy and her co-author Justin Leventhal show that the great geyser of cronyism that is the U.S. Export-Import Bank is still justly called “Boeing’s Bank.” Also from Veronique is this essay on the persistence of government failures. A slice: Since this trade war started, not only has no country lowered its tariffs as a result of the administration’s pressure, but many tariffs have actually gone up. Prices are up, too. Washing machine...

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