George Selgin eloquently and carefully reviews Gary Gorton’s 2012 book, Misunderstanding Financial Crises.

There’s nothing quite like experience – however acquired – with markets malformed by government intervention to teach the merits of free markets.  (HT Jon Murphy and Methinks)

Benjamin Zycher writes that “It is time to expose the flawed jobs reasoning behind President Obama’s new carbon plan.

Stephen Bainbridge and Todd Henderson write in support of “board service providers.”  Here’s the abstract:

State corporate law requires director services be provided by “natural persons.” This Article puts this obligation to scrutiny, and concludes that there are significant gains that could be realized by permitting firms (be they partnerships, corporations, or other business entities) to provide board services. We call these firms “board service providers” (BSPs). We argue that hiring a BSP to provide board services instead of a loose group of sole proprietorships will increase board accountability, both from markets and judicial supervision. The potential economies of scale and scope in the board services industry (including vertical integration of consultants and other board member support functions), as well as the benefits of risk pooling and talent allocation, mean that large professional director services firms may arise, and thereby create a market for corporate governance distinct from the market for corporate control. More transparency about board performance, including better pricing of governance by the market, as well as increased reputational assets at stake in board decisions, means improved corporate governance, all else being equal. But our goal in this Article is not necessarily to increase shareholder control over firms – we show how a firm providing board services could be used to increase managerial power as well. This shows the neutrality of our proposed reform, which can therefore be thought of as a reconceptualization of what a board is rather than a claim about the optimal locus of corporate power.

Mark Steckbeck wisely offers useful historical perspective.

John Taylor gently explains that Paul Krugman misread his (Taylor’s) recent Wall Street Journal piece criticizing unconventional monetary policy.

Yosef Caldwell proposes to make taxes more fair by reducing them.  Count me as a supporter.

Mario Rizzo defends Herbert Spencer.

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