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When Zero’s Too High

Time preference versus central bankers

JULY 07, 2014 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

The European Central Bank is trying to force a negative value upon time itself.

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The Market Is Rigged

High-frequency trading vs. the culture of inflation

MAY 05, 2014 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Controversy over high-frequency trading is just a distraction from the cultural effects of inflation.

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Rothbard’s Remedy

Less government means faster healing, says new study

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

A new study from Pro Teck Valuation Services provides empirical support for Austrian economists' claims that markets will recover more quickly absent government meddling.

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Ballot Box Charity

The minimum wage is hurting poor people and minorities one ballot initiative at a time

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Minimum-wage initiatives are political winners, but their popularity has little to do with an understanding of economics.

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Is Wall Street Really the Heart of Capitalism?

Blaming the wrong people for 2008

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

The dominant narrative about the 2008 crash focuses anger on Wall Street, said to be the heart of capitalism, as the culprit. It's neither; government intrusion has shaped the housing market and our cities for decades.

Book Review

Bretton Woods' Fatal Conceit

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

AUGUST 22, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Benn Steil's account of the people and personalities at the heart of the Bretton Woods conference makes for fascinating reading, even if you're not a history buff or economics geek.

Book Review

The New War Between the States

Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity

JULY 15, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Economic power followed the population to the coasts and the sand states during the boom. In the wake of the bust and interventions along the coasts, "flyover country" is becoming the source of America's economic growth.

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Politically Correct Lending

MAY 17, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Lawmakers portray SBA lending as a boost for small businesses. The program is actually a form of corporate welfare for some of America's largest banks. While banks reap profits, taxpayers cover the losses.

Book Review

Risky Streaks and Naked Bankers

MAY 06, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Though banks are raking in record profits, the banking business as a whole remains highly leveraged and highly risky, according to The Bankers' New Clothes.

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The Dorm Boom: Higher Education’s Fellow Traveler

MARCH 06, 2013 by DOUGLAS FRENCH

Dorm room construction is booming even as people are realizing that college is overpriced--and taking more free and distance-learning courses. Douglas French sees another bubble.

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