Archive: Economy & Jobs
California’s High-Speed Rail Is the Very Definition of a Boondoggle
It is an apt description for a high-speed rail project that has been plagued from the start by fanciful assumptions and the inability to identify a funding source for the vast majority of the project.
Cigarette and Soda Taxes Don’t Save Many Lives
Selective excise taxes may raise revenue for the public sector by targeting the consumption of things that elites disdain, but they do not save millions of lives.
Capitalism Remains the Best Way to Combat Extreme Poverty
Both in America and Abroad
The freer an economy becomes, the less likely its people are to become entrapped in extreme poverty.
Make Sure Rules and Regulations Pass the Smell Test
At the federal, state, and local levels, overregulation has households and businesses struggling to keep their heads above water against a tsunami of compliance costs.
The Indignity of Universal Basic Income
It is easy to see UBI as a policy incentivizing elites to care less and less about the structural problems that affect working class people.
Why Calls to Break Up Tech Companies Attack American Ideals
Breaking up big companies, regardless of actual monopoly status or evidence of harm to consumers, punishes success and the pursuit of the American ideal.
Error and Doubt in Artificial Intelligence Management
Rapid adoption of new technologies without investment in risk avoidance can amplify the magnitude of mistakes down the line.
Let’s Ditch the Census
Innovation in enumeration can lead to more accurate data, giving policymakers a wealth of useful information without the stain of politics.
End Monopoly Protections to Fix PG&E and Other Utilities
What consumers really need is competition, not more politicization of the gas and electricity markets.