Archive: Art Carden

Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
If Student Loans Might Be Canceled, Why Not Borrow More?
Student debt cancellation is already suspect because it redistributes wealth upward. It also changes people’s incentives for the worse.
Art Carden | July 4, 2019
In Defense of Blowouts
People Respond to Incentives, Even on the Soccer Field
Art Carden | June 22, 2019
I Left My Kids in the Car Alone for a Few Minutes. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.
People get their ideas about the risks they likely face from the news, but what makes something newsworthy is the fact that it’s unlikely.
Art Carden | June 13, 2019
We’re All ‘These People’ to Someone Else
Phrases like "these people" lend themselves to exaggeration and hyperbole that drown out conversation and communication.
Art Carden | June 8, 2019
Is ‘Energy Independence’ a Worthy Goal?
Lower energy prices brought about by increased foreign trade would mean lower prices for most things and, therefore, greater scope for flourishing.
Art Carden | May 18, 2019
Do Amtrak and Airport Subsidies Make America Richer?
Government spending doesn't generate economic activity, it simply redistributes it.
Art Carden | April 13, 2019
Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Amtrak?
Amtrak should live or die by its own merits as tested by people’s willingness to part with their hard-earned money in the market.
Art Carden | April 6, 2019
Rent Control Will Hurt Oregon Renters
Oregon becomes the first state to pass statewide rent control law.
Art Carden | March 19, 2019
Protip: If They’re Working to Get You Fired, They’re Not Your Friends
Minimum wages change how workers are compensated.
Art Carden | February 28, 2019