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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?|
|August 22, 2021||How to Think About the Infrastructure BillInfrastructure spending reallocates jobs far more often than it creates them.|
|December 6, 2020||The Private Sector Is the Hero of COVIDSmart, successful businesses chase consumer interests.|
|June 5, 2016||More Free Speech ShenanigansAs citizens, we must necessarily make judgments about research in which we aren’t experts.|
|May 29, 2016||unKoch My Campus Is Soros-Funded HypocrisyThe contracts and grants we receive fund research on nonpartisan issues.|
|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 9, 2012||Smart Cuts in GovernmentIt is often argued that government workers are overpaid and over-benefitted, but I think that the composition of the government workforce is a more pressing matter.|
|February 3, 2006||Let the Private Sector Operate the Toll Road" It’s not about ideology, it’s about performance."|
|May 27, 2005||Solutions to Problems Create Problems "We have come to expect our governments to take some of the hard edges off of market capitalism."|
|May 6, 2005||Private Sector Management Meets Public Sector Challenges "If we do a poor job in providing public services, we risk driving talented people and new investment away, and shrinking the pie for everyone."|
|May 16, 2003||In Defense of Predators, Gougers, and Greed "For all of our post-Cold War bluster about the triumph of capitalism, the simple truth is that we don't really allow markets to freely function in the West."|
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