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The Party of No

In the comments to my last post on Mr. Obama’s health proposals (which have gotten worse — price controls!?), “Chris” and I have been having a back-and-forth about what he characterizes as a uniquely Republican disease — obstructionism. He calls Republicans “the Party of No.” I’m not a political scientist, but this seems like a ... The Party of No

Government ownership of land

I love our national parks as much as the next guy (probably more, having visited every major one and dozens of smaller ones, and loving every minute of nearly every visit), but can someone tell me why the federal government owns so much of our country? Some maps tell the story. See here and here. ... Government ownership of land

Competition in Agriculture (cross-posted)

Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog is hosting a symposium on Competition in Agriculture. So far today, there are posts by Ron Cass (BU Law), Jeff Harrison (U of Florida Law), and me.  Additional posts should be forthcoming from Christina Bohannan (U. Iowa Law), Scott Kieff (GW Law), Andrew Novakovic (Cornell Applied Economics), George Priest (Yale ... Competition in Agriculture (cross-posted)

The Trespass Fallacy in Patent Law

Thank you to Josh for inviting me to guest blog on Truth on the Market.  As my first blog posting, I thought TOTM readers would enjoy reading about my latest paper that I posted to SSRN, which has been getting some attention in the blogosphere (see here and here).  It’s a short, 17-page essay — see, ... The Trespass Fallacy in Patent Law

More Destructive Nannyism in Chicago

I’ve tiraded several times about the city of Chicago’s unbridled paternalism. From smoking bans, to proposed restrictions on trans-fats, to censorship of theatrical depictions of smoking, to the confiscation of locally produced meat products, the powers-that-be seem determined to treat residents of the City of Broad Shoulders as though they’re a bunch of helpless infants ... More Destructive Nannyism in Chicago

Teleforum on Software Patents on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2pm

A nice way to take a break from Election Day stress about this fingernail-biting-close election is to listen to some panelists talk about something that is truly important — software patents! 🙂 It a great panel, notwithstanding my participation, and it promises to be a lot of fun and informative.  So, call in for the ... Teleforum on Software Patents on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2pm

Free Uber

From the NY Times: Uber, a company based in San Francisco, is introducing a smartphone app to New York that allows available taxi drivers and cab-seeking riders to find one another. The company said the service would begin operating on Wednesday in 105 cabs — a bit less than 1 percent of the city’s more ... Free Uber

Josh Wright to be nominated to be next FTC Commissioner

Truth on the Market and the International Center for Law & Economics are delighted (if a bit saddened) to announce that President Obama intends to nominate Joshua Wright, Research Director and Member of the Board of Directors of ICLE and Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, to be the next Commissioner ... Josh Wright to be nominated to be next FTC Commissioner

Law and Economics Center Programs Invite Applicants!

The George Mason Law & Economics Center invites applications for the following five 2013 Workshops for Law Professors. Each Workshop offers a unique opportunity to join colleagues from around the country to learn from some of the most well-respected scholars in the law-and-economics field. There is no tuition, and all but one program provides hotel ... Law and Economics Center Programs Invite Applicants!

Ginsburg & Wright on Behavioral Law and Economics: Its Origins, Fatal Flaws, and Implications for Liberty

My paper with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg (D.C. Circuit; NYU Law), Behavioral Law & Economics: Its Origins, Fatal Flaws, and Implications for Liberty, is posted to SSRN and now published in the Northwestern Law Review. Here is the abstract: Behavioral economics combines economics and psychology to produce a body of evidence that individual choice behavior ... Ginsburg & Wright on Behavioral Law and Economics: Its Origins, Fatal Flaws, and Implications for Liberty

Brad DeLong is an ethics-free partisan ass

Steve Horwitz writes a short, lay piece on crowding out and job creation. Brad “smacks down” Steve Horowitz. Russ Roberts amplifies Horwitz with a nice point about the dangers of aggregation. David Henderson notes that Brad misses what Horwitz is really saying. Brad DeLong “smacks down” Steve Horwitz again, not acknowledging any of the criticisms.  ... Brad DeLong is an ethics-free partisan ass

Finally, some real help for California!

Oregonians, my fellow residents of the Beaver State (and, by the way, the only state in the Union with a different image on each side of its flag), voted yesterday to increase top marginal income tax rates and corporate tax rates, including minimum corporate tax rates and the addition of a tax on gross receipts.  ... Finally, some real help for California!