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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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|migration and population change
|November 26, 2023
|The Best of ThanksgivingsWhether in times of peace or distress, we always find time to give thanks.
|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.
|August 13, 2023
|A More Thoughtful Understanding of Quality of LifeRunning through a hypothetical list of amenities is the worst way to think about improving quality of life.
|July 23, 2023
|Populists Are Wrong—Life Is Better TodayMany problems arise when comparing the past to today.
|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 25, 2022
|Storm Costs on ChristmasThis storm comes amidst some of the busiest travel days of the year.
|December 18, 2022
|The Anderson Family Scholar HouseThe best assistance for a family comes comprehensively.
|December 11, 2022
|READI Grant Is Great for Most of IndianaBusinesses and households value public services more highly than public infrastructure spending.
|November 13, 2022
|The Timing of Economic PolicyCentral planning of economic activity likely will result in wasteful, ineffective policies.
|August 21, 2022
|Limiting Future InflationOverreacting to inflation can be worse to the economy than underreacting.
|June 26, 2022
|Inflation Affects Each Family DifferentlyWe understand earthquakes and hurricanes better than we do inflation.
|May 15, 2022
|Inflation Is a Policy and Political ProblemWe should all be humble in our criticism of the federal government in causing inflation.
|March 20, 2022
|Quality of Life Spending Is a Conservative PolicyHome prices and wages signal the desirability of communities.
|November 21, 2021
|Tax Debate Should Be About Value of Government Services, Not PriceOver the past two decades, Indiana cut business taxes and saw agonizingly slow economic growth.
|February 17, 2019
|Housing Demand in Indiana’s CommunitiesThe traditional economic factors of supply and demand explain nearly all new home construction in Indiana’s counties.
|December 17, 2017
|Bitcoin Isn’t Aging WellBitcoin remains an intriguing presence on the fringe of commerce.
|May 18, 2014
|Hoosiers Will Pay for Better Public ServicesTaxpayers are concerned with the value of government, not the cost alone.
|April 13, 2014
|Measuring the UnmeasurableMany things we value are not bought and sold, and so have no visible price.
|December 23, 2012
|Maximizing Utility Over the HolidaysThe holiday seasons remind us in part how we live a life.
|August 26, 2012
|The Arts Matter, When Art Lovers Are FreeThe measurement of value in an artistic endeavor will always lie in the hearts of men and women.
|June 18, 2012
|Fathers and Personal Discount RateThe more you value the future, the more highly you are apt to be valued by the economy, and vice versa.
|March 19, 2012
|It Is the Value Proposition, Not Costs, That Should Drive the Higher Education DebateThe real problem isn’t increasing costs, but uncertain benefits.
|November 21, 2011
|Some Penn State Lessons, Economic and OtherwiseThis cover up isn’t the failure of an idea, but of men.
|December 31, 1969
|Silly Bands and Value Theory. . . It is the desire and scarcity for an item that generates its value in a market exchange.