Economics

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Since the 2016 election, some Trump critics have trotted out data alleging that states that voted for Trump receive the most federal funding.

Why Americans Pay Triple the World Price for Sugar

Washington is once again massively screwing up the American sugar market.

Apprenticeships Offering Students a New Way Forward

Let’s face it: not many young Americans – nor their parents – have $100,000 to throw at four years of college.

Portugal is Winning the War on Drugs

In 2001 Portugal shocked the world and voted to decriminalize all drugs in response to a growing heroin problem. The results are impressive.

Our Culture Degrades Women by Trying to Make Them Men

"Our generation is becoming so busy trying to prove that women can do what men can do that women are losing their uniqueness."

Do Top Spending States Get Better Educational Results?

Is it the case that every low-spending state performs better than those who dish out more money?

Which States Spend the Most Per Student?

Compared to a generation ago, the cost per pupil is a bit staggering.

The College Textbook Racket

Harvard economist Greg Mankiw has banked an estimated $42 million for his textbook 'Principles of Economics,' reports say.

Entrepreneur: Why I Left the Left

An entrepreneur who spent nearly a decade in ‘hard’ left movements explains why he abandoned the left.

Why Aren't More Schools Teaching Students How to Balance a Checkbook?

Would more schools be wise to carve out a little time to teach these important “adulting” skills before kids graduate and move on to college?

What If Grocery Stores Worked Like Public Schools?

One of the most important things to consider when buying a house is the quality of the grocery district.

Selling Higher Education Is Much Sleazier Than Selling Used Cars

Confessions of a former college admissions official: "My job left me feeling sleazy at times."

Food Stamps and Soda Pop: A Bureaucratic Mess?

Should welfare recipients be able to buy unhealthy foods like soda and sweets on the government’s dime?

White Males are Getting Trounced (See Chart)

Is it time we stop acting like the white male is a privileged species that needs to be taken down a peg or two?

U.S. Economy Hits All-Time Low in Freedom Index

'New and costly regulations' are cited as the cause in the report, compiled by the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation.

Karl Marx Was a Pretty Bad Person

Marx become an advocate of mass murder and dictatorship in place of liberal democracy and social peace.

Tariffs: Are They Really That Bad?

Fears that selective use of tariffs will start a trade war seem overblown and belie the historical evidence. 

Federal Spending Grew Far Less Under Obama Than Under Bush

We have the charts to prove it.

Does Free Trade Lead to Freedom?

Trade between nations is good, as trade between people is good. But is free trade intrinsically good?

Hans Rosling, R.I.P.

He was an intellectual giant and, more importantly, a true humanitarian.

2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

Contrary to what we're told by the real estate industry and policymakers, the answer isn't to double down on easy money and more federal programs.

Is Schooling a Public Good?

A public good, according to the economic definition, must satisfy two conditions.

On Ben Franklin's Letter to an Atheist

In a 1757, Ben Franklin scolded a friend preparing to publish an atheist tract. But was Franklin's reason sound? 

Should Mothers Be Paid to Stay Home?

Given there are many incentives to work outside the home, are mothers who choose to care for their children themselves now being discriminated against?

What We're In For with Trump

In this morning's speech, 25% of the things he said were good ideas... 25% were outright lies.

High School Apprenticeships: A New Path to Prosperity

A high school apprenticeship program in North Carolina shows we might be going at higher education the wrong way.

These Eight US States have Shrunk in 2016

U.S. population growth is at an 80 year low.

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