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The Chinese Miracle and the Economics of Growth

I’m in Shenyang, China, as part of the faculty for Northeastern University’s International Economics and Management program. My primary role is to talk about the economics of fiscal policy, explaining the impact of both taxes and spending. But regular readers already know my views on those issues, so let’s look instead at the vaunted Chinese […]

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‘Mad as hell’?

There is a palpable anger in our politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Here in the UK, one Labour MP was shot recently, and others have been threatened. This verbal violence is happening in the Labour Party, which preaches equality and social justice. It did not happen under Miliband, Brown and Blair, but it […]

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My Presidential Choice

I periodically get asked who should be in the White House. Since I’m a policy wonk rather than a political pundit, I generally sidestep the question. Though it probably isn’t too hard to figure out my preference if you peruse what I’ve written about previous presidents. I’m a huge fan of both Ronald Reagan and […]

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Critics of “Gays for Trump” Party Miss the Point |

An interesting follow-on from the GOP convention, and many bad things happening in the world. Gay rights activists have not traditionally found a political home on the right. Yet gay activist and alternative-right icon Milo Yiannopoulus wants to change that, arguing that while the Republican party may not love homosexuality, Islam wants gays dead, and […]

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Please, Hillary, Don’t Make America More Like Europe

The United States is laboring through the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Median household income is stagnant and labor-force participation is dismal. Sounds awful, right? Compared to the strong growth of the pro-market Reagan years and pro-market Clinton years, it is awful. But maybe we should count our blessings Here’s a chart from […]

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Special Favors For Businesses Don’t Benefit Taxpayers

Interesting story here. This election cycle has stunned even the most seasoned political prognosticators. Voters are clearly fed up with the “Washington Way,” lashing out like never before. If voters truly want to shake up the political landscape, they should start by demanding separation between big government and big business. Corporate favoritism is when government […]

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