Bruce Yandle


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Neither Gods nor Angels

Agency cost and knowledge problems confound Washington’s bipeds

OCTOBER 29, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Efforts to centralize decision making by way of command and control destroy knowledge networks, kill off incentives to innovate, and risk destroying wealth. Recent examples are unfortunate reminders.

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Looking for Waldo

Can you find the disappearing labor force?

SEPTEMBER 05, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Fewer people are part of the labor force than at any time since 1979. A look at incentives helps explain where everyone went.

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Trying for Three Lanes of Wealth on a Two-Lane Road

JUNE 20, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

The economy should be growing much faster than it is, but government interventions have choked off the creative power of markets.

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IRS Targeting: As Predictable as Politics

JUNE 06, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

The IRS's targeting of Tea Party groups was only par for the course. All government actions are best viewed as political actions.

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Million-Dollar Trips, Easter Eggs, and Fiscal Sanity

MARCH 25, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

The sky-high price tag for the vice president's recent trip is only a symptom of the real issue: spending habits that keep federal outlays climbing, year after year.

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The Deficit and the White House Tour Blues

Trivializing the United States's fiscal problems only makes it more likely that they'll have to get a lot worse before they get any better.

MARCH 15, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Trivializing the United States's fiscal problems only makes it more likely that they'll have to get a lot worse before they get any better.

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Minimum Wages: Equal Opportunity or Barrier to Entry?

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Raising the minimum wage is an attempt to repeat the same old command-and-control approach to increasing prosperity. To truly help people, government needs to remove barriers to hiring people.

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Rahm’s Rule of Crisis Management: A Footnote to the Theory of Regulation

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

Rahm's Rule gives a whole new meaning to the term "crisis management." It also helps us understand how opportunistic politicians can both establish and respond to crisis-based circumstances--ensuring that pork gets delivered to favored constituents while everyone else is distracted by the looming crisis. The rule forms a footnote to theories that help us understand the regulatory state

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The Tilting Point: “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”

JANUARY 16, 2013 by BRUCE YANDLE

The U.S. economy is quickly approaching the point where there are more tax spenders than taxpayers, helping to produce a divided country.

Book Review

Why Capitalism?

DECEMBER 17, 2012 by BRUCE YANDLE

A review of Allan Meltzer's Why Capitalism? by Bruce Yandle.

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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