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3-D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities Michael M. Rosen 10/19/2014
With physical copying now approaching digital copying in terms of ease, cost, and convenience, how will the advent of this new technology affect intellectual property rights, be they patents, copyrights, or trademarks?
Why Privilege Nonprofits? Arnold Kling 10/17/2014
People on the right view nonprofits as a civil-society bulwark against big government. People on the left think that profit is inherently bad, and therefore they view nonprofits as inherently good. Both views can be questioned.
Chinese Check: Forging New Identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan Michael Mazza 10/14/2014
In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.
The Redevelopment Racket Scott Beyer 10/08/2014
The growing trend of public redevelopment has increased cronyism, land confiscation, and waste.
Do the Locomotive Vaclav Smil 10/04/2014
Fifty years after the first rapid train began its scheduled service, this comfortable, safe, and efficient mode of transport still has not caught on in North America.
Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee You More Benefits at a Lower Cost? Andrew G. Biggs 09/30/2014
No, but the CBPP’s stance on budget accounting says it can.
The Sharing Economy Under Pressure Shane Tews 09/30/2014
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.
Will Venture Capitalists Drive the Next Spectacular Breakthrough? Arnold Kling 09/29/2014
Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a provocative and stimulating book, however, the Silicon Valley institutional structure may not drive the future as much as it has the recent past.
Good News from Africa Peter A. Coclanis 09/22/2014
The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.
The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected Ralph Kinney Bennett 09/19/2014
Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.
 
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