Why Public-Assistance Programs Should Have More Stringent Work Mandates
It is natural to feel compassion for those less fortunate than we are. But benefits should be concentrated in programs that have the least disincentive effect to recipients’ employment in the labor market. Work, after all, leads to both higher incomes and greater human dignity.
Don’t Make America Great Britain
Donald Trump promised to “make America great again,” but he might make America Great Britain. To re-industrialize the U.S. economy, President Trump must avoid the mistake that de-industrialized Britain: namely, he must end the dollar’s role as the world’s chief reserve currency.
Economics and Demography
Why has the birth rate fallen in nearly every country? And why has discussion of the family been shifting from West to East? A new prototype “Social Futuring Index” might offer some answers.
The Cause and Mechanisms of American De-Industrialization
An effective solution to the decline of American manufacturing highlighted in the new book Advanced Manufacturing, it seems, requires either a change of mind by President Trump, or a different president.
Jeff Bell was George Bailey
To those who knew him well, Jeffrey L. Bell was a real-life George Bailey: an accomplished and decent man who shaped important events by helping others achieve their own greatness, mostly without recognition himself.
The Trump Tax Reform Won’t Match the Reagan Ones
Some hard figures help explain why the Reagan administration tax reforms were enacted with the support of so-called “Reagan Democrats” in Congress, while not a single Democrat voted for the 2017 tax reform.
A Brief Demographic Tour of the World
The good news is that the rate of legal abortion has fallen by nearly half from its peak; the bad news is that this still makes the difference between a declining and growing population, both for the United States and for the whole world.
Solving the Triffin Dilemma
There have always been only three alternative solutions to the Triffin Dilemma–the inherent conflict of a reserve-currency country’s economic policy with international monetary order—and only one has ever worked in the real world.
There’s Plenty of Hope for Tax Reform
Elbows are flying, and the situation seems ‘ominous.’ It’s beginning to look a lot like 1986.
Trump’s Real Trade Problem Is Money
Protectionism won’t cure the import-export imbalance. The solution lies in monetary policy.