Daily Economy

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Great Recession of the 2000s shaped a generation of macro- and monetary economists. We can debate the details. But three things warrant widespread agreement.
Monday, March 4, 2019
You are not in it for the money? That might be the source of the problem. 
Monday, March 4, 2019
This great variety of influential books testifies to the richness of the libertarian scholarly tradition. It’s filled with remarkable works of scholarship that are not (yet) as widely known and read as they deserve to be.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Sadly, the FDA has frozen the marketplace by saying that existing products could remain on the market pending approval (they still have not clarified how to get approval) but that no new products would be allowed to enter the market after 2016 and no changes could be made to existing products.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
China no longer wants your leftover pizza box. Nor your empty 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew. They are being burned in the US instead. 
Friday, March 1, 2019
By the time the talent reaches our eyes and ears, the hard work is done. We see only the finished product. In our attempt to discern the difference between their level of awesome and ourselves, we reach for the easiest answer: the person must have been born this way. It just comes naturally.
Friday, March 1, 2019
The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index from the Institute for Supply Management registered a 54.2 percent reading in February. Despite a small decline, the index remains above neutral—a positive sign for the manufacturing sector.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Real gross domestic product rose at a 2.6 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter, putting the calendar year growth at 2.9 percent, the fastest pace since 2015. Consumer prices rose 1.5 percent in the quarter, putting the calendar year increase at 2.0 percent, the fastest since 2011, and the...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
In the discussion of the nation’s problem with child care costs, a crucial factor has gone mostly unmentioned. This is one of the most regulated industries. These regulations are driving up costs. Adding more government control of the industry risks making a bad situation even worse.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Every new technology comes with an awkward stage of adoption, during which time people get manipulated and break every kind of rule of propriety until they figure out a better way.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A record 7 million Americans are now behind on their auto-loan payments. But as auto loans have surged by nearly 35 percent since 2008, one might wonder if the government has a hand in this new crisis.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
In the simplistic Keynesian-type view of things, all that needs to be done from the government’s policy perspective is to run budget deficits or create money through the banking system to push up aggregate demand.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
It’s a pretty strange time for conservatives suddenly to decide they like government, and the worst imaginable time for the Left to celebrate the state as never before. Based on the attitudes of the public alone, we ought to be seeing the opposite from both sides.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Consumer confidence rebounded in February following three consecutive declines, and suggests consumers are feeling better after a period of heightened market volatility and the government shutdown. However, housing activity continued to weaken in December, restrained by rising home prices.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
How the strange funding scheme behind the Green New Deal rejects the scientific foundations of economics
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Society is worse off to the tune of what these firms would have produced had they actually devoted those resources to creating wealth rather than simply redistributing it.
Monday, February 25, 2019
It drives me crazy to see people so fully enjoying the benefits from private property, trade, technology, and capitalistic endeavor even as they blithely propose to truncate dramatically the very rights that bring them such material joy, without a thought as to how their ideology might dramatically...
Monday, February 25, 2019
Talk of “our” balance of trade is talk of something that doesn’t really exist; it’s merely a figment of the imagination made to appear real by an accounting convention that has the name “trade balance.” Nevertheless, this fictitious creature is daily demagogued by those seeking to clear the way for...
Monday, February 25, 2019
The governor has acted quickly. The governor has acted decisively. The governor has issued a proclamation that will make matters worse.
Monday, February 25, 2019
AIER is pleased to present the first English translation of Friedrich von Wieser's memorial appreciation of Carl Menger, the founder of the Austrian School, published in German not long after Menger’s passing in 1921. Wieser (1851-1926) was one of the leading contributors in the “second generation...

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