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Some Non-Covid Links

Ryan Bourne reports on a new study that finds – shockingly! – that retailers adjust their employees’ work schedules in ways that reduce retailers’ costs of higher minimum wages. A slice: Their results are striking. The minimum wage hikes are found to have no impact on overall hours worked at the California stores. So, if one was looking at hours alone as a proxy for employment, you might conclude that “the minimum wage has no apparent effect on employment.” Yet the researchers find that...

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Some Non-Covid Links

GMU Econ alum Dan Mitchell reminds us that “by historical standards, today’s Americans are fantastically wealthy.” My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy talks with Emily Jashinsky about some of Biden’s irresponsible policies. Also from Vero is this EconLog blog post on Covid and Keynesian stimulus. Here’s her conclusion: I am not expecting newspapers to stop calling government spending “stimulus”, but it would be nice if textbooks would adjust their Keynesian theory...

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Some Non-Covid Links

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy reports on a truly loathsome attitude that government bailouts of airlines have instilled in at least some airline executives. My colleague Bryan Caplan is correct that discrimination should be deregulated. Here’s Arnold Kling on discourse in modern economics. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Pat Garofalo and my old friend Mike LaFaive make the case against subsidies to movie producers. A slice: Moviemakers play states against...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Writing recently in the Wall Street Journal, Williamson Evers rightly ridiculed the effort in California to dumb down instruction in mathematics. A slice: This will be the result if a proposed mathematics curriculum framework, which would guide K-12 instruction in the Golden State’s public schools, is approved by California’s Instructional Quality Commission in meetings this week and in August and ratified by the state board of education later this year. The framework recommends eight...

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Some Non-Covid Links

George Will decries the racism against Asians that many Americans today – including many “Progressives” – proudly embrace. A slice: The school principal, who is fluent in the flowery, obfuscating argot resorted to when recommending racial spoils systems, says TJ “is a rich tapestry of heritages” but does not “reflect” the county’s “racial composition.” As the district judge said in allowing the parents’ suit against the county to proceed, “You can say all sorts of beautiful things while...

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Some Non-Covid Links

George Will decries “Biden’s policy to use less affluent Americans’ money to entice more affluent Americans to buy EVs is only one of the contemplated regressive policies by which his administration would transfer wealth upward.” Bjorn Lomborg decries environmentalists’ attempt to use the courts to impose policies that are proving to be unachievable in legislatures. A slice: This is because strong climate policy is enormously expensive and delivers minuscule climate benefits. President...

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Some Covid Links

National Review‘s Charles Cooke exposes Rebekah Jones – the shameless charlatan who lied about the alleged cooking of Florida’s Covid-19 numbers. A slice: Jones’s central claim is nothing less dramatic than that she has uncovered a massive conspiracy in the third most populous state in the nation, and that, having done so, she has been ruthlessly persecuted by the governor and his “Gestapo.” Specifically, Jones claims that, while she was working at the FDOH last year, she was instructed...

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Some Links

Steven Greenhut rightly warns of the noxious notions of “nationalist conservatives.” Here’s his conclusion: This is just a grandiose justification for government intervention in private decisions. What is the common good? It is whatever policy makers and government planners say it is. This proposal sounds remarkably similar to the progressive vision of letting “public-spirited” bureaucrats and politicians have unlimited power. They know what’s best, after all. Despite their common-good...

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Some Covid Links

Phil Magness documents the appalling track record of the reckless Neil Ferguson and his fellow Imperial College modelers. Two slices: The satirist Ambrose Bierce once defined prophecy as the “art and practice of selling one’s credibility for future delivery.” Covid-19 has produced no shortage of doomsaying prophets whose prognostications completely failed at future delivery, and yet in the eyes of the scientific community their credibility remains peculiarly intact. No greater example...

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Some Non-Covid Links

My GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan brilliantly explains his thoroughly non-racist reasons for opposing George Mason University’s official anti-racist policy. Here are only two of Bryan’s reasons: 1. George Mason University is part of the government, and as such ought to scrupulously respect freedom of speech, thought, and association.  And in practice, an official Anti-Racist policy is almost certain to trample these freedoms.  Once you officially declare that racists are utterly...

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