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|April 9, 2023||Some More Truth About Hospital MonopoliesWhy do not-for-profit hospitals show annual profits of 20 to 30 percent?|
|March 26, 2023||Bank Failures Warn of Deeper Economic ProblemsDuring the Great Recession, a whopping 0.014 percent of banks were closed by the FDIC.|
|February 5, 2023||HB1004 Would Restrict Hospital MonopoliesIndiana’s not-for-profit hospitals are among the most profitable businesses in the United States.|
|October 23, 2022||The Badness of National Conservatism IdeologyA political movement that rejects the fundamentals of our Constitution is, by definition, anti-American.|
|August 14, 2022||SB1 Will Be Deeply Damaging to Indiana’s EconomyPublic policy is about trade-offs, it is just imperative to know what they are.|
|January 9, 2022||IU Health’s Price Freeze Is a GimmickThe medical provider has become a strong regional monopoly in many parts of the state.|
|September 19, 2021||Vaccine Mandates Are Huge Cost SavingsMost individuals have dodged the financial cost of COVID health expenses, but insurance premiums are likely to rise.|
|October 6, 2019||Fixing Our Hospital Monopoly ProblemWe have a serious hospital monopoly problem in need of immediate attention.|
|February 10, 2019||Monopoly Isn’t Just a Game AnymoreMarkets don’t always work perfectly, but they work well when competitive.|
|April 23, 2017||Bad Regulation Leads to Bad Customer ServiceCustomer dissatisfaction with businesses is common.|
|February 5, 2017||The Makings of a Trump Economic PolicyDabbling in trade deals only shifts employment, not generate new.|
|December 4, 2016||Carrier News About Much More Than TradeCarrier sent a message by timing its jobs announcement during last spring’s heated presidential primaries.|
|February 22, 2015||The Strange Politics of Net MeteringEnergy price subsidizing creates a headache for utilities and customers alike.|
|February 1, 2015||Sunday Sales Proposal Needs a Closer LookThe Sunday sales of retail alcoholic beverages may be the most visible relic of prohibition, but it is hardly the only one.|
|July 13, 2014||Indiana Gets a Small Business RankingComplaints about high taxes might simply mean that local government isn't delivering sufficient quality for the cost of government.|
|August 25, 2013||A New Antitrust CaseThe proposed business merger between two large airlines brings century-old anti-trust law to the forefront.|
|February 17, 2013||Let’s Try a $25 Minimum WageLabor markets are subject to the laws of supply and demand.|
|July 16, 2012||Tax or Spend, That Is the ArgumentEconomic debates are far more sanguine, with more universal agreement than is apparent to outsiders.|
|June 4, 2012||A Fix for Financial RegulationChanges to financial regulations have largely been focused on expanding the reach of existing and new financial regulatory agencies.|
|March 26, 2012||Smoking Law Recognizes the Value of LifeAt worst, this legislation will make Hoosiers look like we've entered the 21st century.|
|March 7, 2011||Telecom Reform in Indiana Worked. . . deregulation of monopolies tends to almost always make consumers better off. Indiana’s broad and effective telecommunications reform of 2006 is a classic example of this.|
Educational Attainment, the 21st Century Fund and the Future of SchoolingIndiana ranks 42nd in educational attainment.
Big Savings for Ending Prevailing WageMy statistical models show that repealing state prevailing wage laws save taxpayers money.
Re-Thinking Economic Development A large share of the most mobile families—perhaps half—no longer need to live near where they work.
Money Illusion and InflationPrice fluctuation could cause inflation to last longer, but it didn’t cause the inflation, it simply extends the pain.View archives