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|September 25, 2022||Two economic lessons from the Russo-Ukrainian WarOne lesson is about public spending on services, the other about free trade.|
|September 18, 2022||Why Do We Care About a Monarchy?Strong, stable, adaptable institutions help us navigate change while ensuring continuity.|
|April 17, 2022||Where’s Inflation and Growth Headed?We’ve only had one long period of rate increase since the early 1980s, so the consumer response is unknown.|
|March 6, 2022||We are in a Difficult and Costly ConflictThe future belongs to liberal democracies, where respect for individual rights, political freedom and the rule of law are nurtured.|
|February 27, 2022||The Cost of Russian WarStopping tyrants is less costly done early on.|
|July 12, 2020||Assault on Prosperity ContinuesThe U.S. economic loss of foreign college students would be enormous.|
|July 5, 2020||More Presidential Confusion on TradeThe Trump Administration is accelerating the trade imbalance in the quickest way possible.|
|June 28, 2020||Visa Restriction Damages EconomyThis action will shrink the US economy by almost $100 billion this year alone.|
|May 24, 2020||Don’t Expand the Trade WarTrade allows us to buy things we cannot efficiently produce ourselves.|
|November 4, 2018||China Is a Poor and Backward NationChina may ultimately prove a significant strategic threat to the United States.|
|September 2, 2018||The NAFTA Deal Is Pure BaloneyNAFTA effects were mitigated by changes in productivity.|
|July 22, 2018||Worsening Effect of TariffsTariffs have already affected the local economy.|
|June 10, 2018||We Are on the Cusp of Relearning the Impacts of Trade WarsLet me explain briefly and plainly what trade is and what it is not.|
|May 27, 2018||The Opposite of War Is Not Peace, It Is TradeTrade forces us to move beyond benign coexistence into cooperation.|
|May 6, 2018||Indiana at Huge Risk in Trade DisruptionsBetween 1818 and 2018, technology essentially killed every existing job and created every new one.|
|September 10, 2017||Trade Deficits and the Dollar Safe HavenIn reality, trade consists of tens of billions of small transactions between businesses and households|
|November 27, 2016||The Origins of American Free TradeThe US created the first free trade zone.|
|October 16, 2016||The Effect of a Trade WarA decrease in trade leads to economic events like recession and depression.|
|January 24, 2016||The End of a Bubble, Version 2016Actions in Iran and China are affecting markets worldwide.|
|March 9, 2014||Russian Sanctions Are RiskyAdding armed conflict to a place with even a tiny whiff of ethnic tension rarely turns out well.|
|January 5, 2014||Economic Systems, North Korea and the ACAThe problem is that the economy we have is not a system; it is a series of markets that cannot be organized.|
|May 26, 2013||International Trade Is the Opposite of WarWhat flummoxes me is not the academic debate, but the casual discussion about trade.|
Increasing Importance of Summer JobsThese jobs offer an opportunity to learn as well as earn money.
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.View archives