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Russ Roberts is interviewed on the many pitfalls of measuring economic change. A slice: Q: Is there a more accurate way to measure wealth in 1975 vs. today? A: A recent study found the bottom half of the income distribution today makes the same on average as the bottom half 35 or 40 years ago. That’s extraordinarily depressing, if true. It implies the top is just doing way too well. But a handful of studies have instead taken people in 1975 and followed them through time to see if the...

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Jeffrey Tucker very much likes the movie Little Women (if not much of the commentary on it). Here’s Max Gulker’s list of the ten worst ideas of 2019. Megan McArdle wonders how long America’s current booming economy can boom. If that woman-of-system Elizabeth Warren has her way, the boom will come to an abrupt halt. Jonah Goldberg offers an explanation for why we Americans remain so distraught in a world generally improving, and in many ways improving rapidly. What are Russ Roberts’s...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy rightly decries Americans’ increasingly tight embrace of an entitlement mentality. A slice: Looking back at 2019 is incredibly disorienting. The country is horribly divided. In fact, the president of the United States was just impeached along partisan lines. The government is running trillion dollar (and growing) annual budget deficits, even though the economy is doing well. Still, listening to many politicians and pundits, you’d...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Selling organs; two alternate plans”

In my Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column of July 10th, 2006, I continued to press the argument for liberalizing the market for transplantable human body organs – this time by recommending a proposal by GMU law professor Lloyd Cohen. You can read the column beneath the fold. Selling organs; two alternate plans In previous columns I argued that adults should be allowed to buy and sell kidneys. The upside of permitting a free market in kidneys is vast: thousands of lives saved each year and...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Kidneys for sale”

In my June 28th, 2006, column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review I argued for liberalization of the market for human kidneys. You can read the column beneath the fold. Kidneys for sale When I was in law school in the early 1990s I suggested to a classmate that government should not prevent kidney donors from bargaining for and being paid market prices for their donated kidneys. Her initial reply was a look of horror. When finally she composed herself in the wake of this gruesome...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Don’t fear the market”

In my June 20th, 2006, column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review I argue for a liberalization of the market for transplantable human body organs. You can read the column beneath the fold. Don’t fear the market As Dr. Sally Satel reported recently in The New York Times, every 90 minutes an American waiting for a kidney transplant dies. No one questions the humanity of eliminating the shortage of transplantable kidneys, but there’s a great deal of dispute over the best way to do so. I...

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Free the Market for Transplantable Body Organs

Twenty years ago, Adam Pritchard – my UVA Law (’92) classmate, dear friend, co-author, and (then as now) professor of law at the University of Michigan – and I penned a piece for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, in Michigan, urging liberalization of the market for transplantable body organs. (My strong recollection is that a version of this piece ran as an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press, but I can find no evidence on-line to give credence to my recollection.) Here’s the text of...

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GMU Econ alum and Institute for Humane Studies President Emily Chamlee-Wright explores the socialist propaganda surrounding the Berlin Wall, and laments the fact that the lessons of Iron Curtain socialism have so quickly been forgotten. A slice: For those of us who still believe in the liberal concept of human freedom — that is, freedom from coercion, freedom to engage others as they voluntarily choose to engage with us, and the freedom to think for oneself — any attempt to define...

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My Mercatus Center colleague Charles Blahous exposes the utter unrealism – including the deceptive accounting – of Elizabeth Warren’s scheme to supply Medicare for All. Steve Davies writes wisely about how to think about migration. A slice: The evidence of that research overwhelmingly supports the case for easier migration and falsifies the arguments against it, particularly what we might call the popular ones. It is not true that immigrants take jobs away from the indigenous population;...

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Phil Magness exposes the data manipulation used to justify the false claim that the incomes of lower-income Americans are taxed at higher rates than are the incomes of rich Americans. My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy rightly describes “Medicare-for-all” as pillage. Here’s part one of David Henderson’s assessment of Trump’s economic policies. George Will ponders ‘Texodous.‘ Ryan Bourne finds wisdom in recent remarks by Larry Summers on wealth differences. A slice...

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