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Carbon Taxes Versus Carbon Markets: What’s the Best Way to Limit Emissions? Ronald Bailey 05/18/2007
Cap-and-trade markets have greater political momentum, but most economists favor a carbon tax. Here’s our guide to the debate.
The Grand Bipartisan Trade Deal Claude Barfield 05/16/2007
What have Congress and the White House really agreed to on trade? It’s hard to say, judging from their widely differing views of last week’s deal.
Enter a ‘Hellish Place’ Luke Mullins 05/15/2007
Tougher rules and longer sentences mean that prison for white-collar inmates is no longer Club Fed. Prisoner No. 20532-050 tells his eyewitness story to Luke Mullins.
Blue Skies, High Anxiety Joel Schwartz 05/11/2007
Our air is cleaner than it’s been in a century, writes Joel Schwartz. So why do Americans worry it’s so dirty and dangerous?
The Upside of Income Inequality Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy 05/07/2007
Much of the widening gap in incomes reflects the rising payoff for a college education and other skills. Rising payoffs are a development that the authors, economists who have won the Nobel Prize and the Clark Prize, call ‘beneficial and desirable.’
These Shots Won’t Drive Gun Control Daniel P. Taylor 05/04/2007
The Virginia Tech massacre shows how much ground advocates have lost.
Property Rights at Risk in New Jersey Duncan Currie 04/23/2007
Eminent domain and “pay-to-play” are a dangerous combination.
On Earth Day, Remember The Humans Indur M. Goklany 04/22/2007
The same noble impulse that helped us clean up is now causing trouble.
A Valuable New Airline Service You May Not Have Noticed Evan Sparks 04/10/2007
By making their pricing structures transparent, discount airlines are forcing candor and efficiency on the whole industry.
The Twenty-Five Hundred Years’ War Victor Davis Hanson 03/30/2007
Persians have been at odds with the West and neighboring Asians since the battle of Thermopylae. Today’s nuclear showdown is history repeating itself. Classicist Victor Davis Hanson tells what we can learn.