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SB202 Offers the Wrong Solutions to a Real ProblemMy reference to ideological imbalance refers to the creation of an artificial close-mindedness that stifles debate, isolates important perspectives and diminishes the richness of a college education.View archives
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|February 25, 2024
|SB202 Offers the Wrong Solutions to a Real ProblemMy reference to ideological imbalance refers to the creation of an artificial close-mindedness that stifles debate, isolates important perspectives and diminishes the richness of a college education.
|February 4, 2024
|Libertarians Going CrazyLibertarian viewpoints offer us a useful reminder of what restraints we must put upon those who govern us.
|January 14, 2024
|Thinking Hard About the IREAD TestAbout one in five Hoosier 3rd graders fail to pass the statewide reading test.
|December 31, 2023
|Education After High School Is the Path to Middle-Class LifeJobs of the future require at least some college training.
|December 24, 2023
|Leaving Behind Dickensian PovertyThis Christmas holiday is not about worldly wealth, but it is a time of giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.
|November 12, 2023
|Defend Democracies on This Veteran’s DayOur Constitution offers the highest form of a liberal democracy.
|November 5, 2023
|Municipal Elections Are Critical to Your ProsperityIn Indiana’s cities, like most cities nationwide, the problems mayors face aren’t partisan issues.
|October 29, 2023
|The Association for Business and Economic ResearchResearch discovers something no one knows about a problem.
|October 15, 2023
|An Exogenous Economic Shock from HamasArmed conflict is always economically damaging but may spur long-term growth.
|July 23, 2023
|Populists Are Wrong—Life Is Better TodayMany problems arise when comparing the past to today.
|July 2, 2023
|July 4th and American-Style ConservatismA true American conservative cannot believe that government should promote that faith, or treat those of other faiths differently.
|June 11, 2023
|“Of Boys and Men” by Richard Reeves Is a Must ReadThe gender gap in education is larger than any racial or ethnic gap.
|June 4, 2023
|Increasing Importance of Summer JobsThese jobs offer an opportunity to learn as well as earn money.
|May 7, 2023
|Money Illusion and InflationPrice fluctuation could cause inflation to last longer, but it didn’t cause the inflation, it simply extends the pain.
|April 23, 2023
|Economic Opportunity Is Now in High Quality of Life PlacesAs Americans grew richer, we began to value more than just economic opportunity in our location choices.
|April 16, 2023
|What New AI Might Do to Labor MarketsThe human advantage lies in creative intelligence and social organization.
|April 2, 2023
|The Five Skills Employers Tell Me They NeedI’ve asked countless numbers of leaders in business, government, military, and organizations.
|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.
|March 19, 2023
|Remote Work Through the Eyes of Three 20-SomethingsRemote work is here to stay.
|March 12, 2023
|Remote Work and Labor MarketsThere are more remote workers today than there are immigrants in the U.S.
|March 5, 2023
|The Amish in IndianaIt is hard not to draw similarities between the Amish and newer immigrant groups.
|January 22, 2023
|Some Labor Market Facts You Won’t Read ElsewhereIndiana is simply not producing a 21st century workforce.
|January 15, 2023
|Three Types of Public DebtAll types of public debt are effectively transfers of wealth from the future to our present selves.
|December 18, 2022
|The Anderson Family Scholar HouseThe best assistance for a family comes comprehensively.
|November 6, 2022
|Adopt the Governor’s Public Health Commission Report Proposals Hoosier health problems are in areas that are the most susceptible to public health interventions.
|October 16, 2022
|Partisan Effect of Disinformation on COVID DeathsNationwide, at least 250,000 Americans died of COVID because they chose not to be vaccinated.
|September 18, 2022
|Why Do We Care About a Monarchy?Strong, stable, adaptable institutions help us navigate change while ensuring continuity.
|September 11, 2022
|Benefits and Costs of EducationFor the vast majority of students, college is among the best financial investments they will ever make.
|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.
|July 31, 2022
|Trying to Measure the Effect of Abortion Bans on Our EconomyThe effect we see right now is vastly different from what we’ll see in a few years.
|July 17, 2022
|My 750th ColumnColumns like mine are designed to help people think about issues they might otherwise not read about.
|July 10, 2022
|The Tensions of Economic Policy in a Volatile TimeDiffering political views can lead to very different policy choices.
|July 3, 2022
|The 246th Anniversary of ‘The Great Experiment’Our nation may be at its most divided, but I have great hope.
|June 26, 2022
|Inflation Affects Each Family DifferentlyWe understand earthquakes and hurricanes better than we do inflation.
|May 29, 2022
|Let Us Ask More of Ourselves on Memorial DayToday’s challenges demand an understanding of evolving facts and trends.
|May 8, 2022
|The Lives of Mothers Through the Last CenturyThe women of the 20th century witnessed the most stunning technological and economic growth.
|March 20, 2022
|Quality of Life Spending Is a Conservative PolicyHome prices and wages signal the desirability of communities.
|March 13, 2022
|Economic Lessons From America’s Most Experienced Avon LadyJob flexibility is just as appealing to workers today as it was to housewives half a century ago.
|January 23, 2022
|Indiana’s Long-Term Economic Prospects Are PoorState policymakers should be deeply alarmed about a return to a ‘normal’ economy.
|January 16, 2022
|Americans Are Quietly Realizing Dr. King’s VisionMLK’s words are part of the canon of American political writing, and belong to a long tradition of Enlightenment thought.
|December 26, 2021
|Some Lessons from Hallmark Christmas MoviesA lot of economic ideas are packed into Hallmark movies.
|November 28, 2021
|A Time to Give ThanksIf Mr. Lincoln could find reason to call us together for a day of gratitude, we can now have no cause to do otherwise.
|November 14, 2021
|It Is Time to Be Honest About Debt, Spending and TaxationSpending that makes us more productive often pays for itself through increased GDP that is then taxed.
|October 10, 2021
|COVID and the Risks of Medical Care Delays As we think about the longer-term effects of COVID, we must consider how many people have deferred medical care because of the disease.
|September 12, 2021
|Lessons from Afghan Refugees and September 11Our fight against the extremists who attacked us 20 years ago is ongoing.
|September 5, 2021
|The Evolving Nature of WorkWork has the potential to provide meaning and satisfaction, unconnected to the economic importance of the task at hand.
|July 18, 2021
|Free Speech and Senate Bill 414The origin of free speech problems on campus lie primarily outside the classroom.
|July 4, 2021
|The Ideals of Independence DayLiberty flows from the simple act of being human, not from government, religion, ancestry or race.
|June 20, 2021
|Looking Back at a Century of Father’s DaysThe lives of our fathers and their fathers are representative of the early and mid-20th century.
|May 9, 2021
|Mother’s Day Thoughts in the Wake of COVIDThe experience of women in the labor force has differed from that of men in key respects.
|May 2, 2021
|Why Are We Hearing About a Labor Shortage?Government benefits are not to blame.
|December 13, 2020
|How to Stop Worrying About National PoliticsLocal government requires pragmatic competence, not ideological showmanship.
|November 29, 2020
|Regional Divergence and Local TaxesIn recent decades, nearly all large urban places thrived, while smaller cities and rural places mostly stagnated.
|November 22, 2020
|Some New and Better Data About Labor MarketsWorker benefits and child care options may affect labor participation.
|November 1, 2020
|The Economic Policies of the Losing Party Also MatterEach party may face identity crisis depending on the outcome of the election.
|September 6, 2020
|COVID-19 and InequalityThe pandemic continues to exert a historic effect on our economy, and we must confront it with honesty, facts and determination.
|July 26, 2020
|Challenges for Indiana’s Colleges Threaten Long-term GrowthSome of the costs of COVID-19 on US colleges are already emerging.
|June 7, 2020
|What Long-Term Changes Might We Anticipate from These Crises?The first half of 2020 has given us a trade war, global pandemic, economic downturn, and protests.
|March 8, 2020
|A Decelerating Economy on the Brink of RecessionThe arrival of Covid-19 is already exacting a toll on the weakened manufacturing sector.
|November 17, 2019
|Beware Claims of a Golden Age in Our EconomyWe cannot go back, and are naïve to want to do so.
|September 8, 2019
|The Costs of Natural DisastersNatural disasters impose costs on society, businesses, households and government.
|August 11, 2019
|Trade and the Division of LaborThe elemental essence of human interaction is trade.
|November 24, 2018
|Thanksgiving for Economic Growth and Human FlourishingAcross the developed world, poverty is no longer the result of economic conditions.
|September 16, 2018
|Some Advice for High School GraduatesMost young workers will have to look to the private sector for training.
|August 26, 2018
|College Starts AgainHere you can entirely reinvent yourself in ways that will never again be possible.
|August 19, 2018
|It Is Time to End the War on DrugsWe need another approach.
|August 12, 2018
|Ten Years of This ColumnThis has been an exciting and tumultuous time to write about economic policy, and along the way I’ve learned quite a few things.
|October 8, 2017
|The Model Speech on Diversity and RespectEstablishing respect for one another is the job of all leaders.
|April 23, 2017
|Bad Regulation Leads to Bad Customer ServiceCustomer dissatisfaction with businesses is common.
|December 11, 2016
|The Problems of Slow Economic GrowthSlow economic growth leads to a delayed standard of living increase.
|June 5, 2016
|More Free Speech ShenanigansAs citizens, we must necessarily make judgments about research in which we aren’t experts.
|July 5, 2015
|Same-Sex Marriage, Liberty and FamiliesThose who think the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage is the problem have entirely misdiagnosed the deep challenges to families.
|August 24, 2014
|Who Actually Pays Taxes Isn't an Easy GuessIt is the laws of economics, not government rules, that determine who bears the burden of taxation.
|August 3, 2014
|A Century After the Great WarWWI triggered dramatic change that we can still feel today around the world.
|July 6, 2014
|Court Rulings Uphold FreedomSome issues should stay as matters of individual conscience, not public policy.
|April 13, 2014
|Measuring the UnmeasurableMany things we value are not bought and sold, and so have no visible price.
|March 30, 2014
|Where Is the Fraud in Benefit Programs?Most government assistance programs, including SNAP and disability assistance, experience abuse of 1.5 percent or less.