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My colleague Alex Tabarrok – with help from Jonathan Meer – reports on the predictable ill-consequences of Seattle’s recent hike in the hourly wage below which it prohibits people voluntarily selling their labor services [2].

Count Phil Magness as among those who are unpersuaded by Nancy MacLean’s new book on the work and influence of Jim Buchanan [3].  A slice:

There’s a problem with MacLean’s story though: it appears to be completely made up.

Speaking of MacLean’s book, David Henderson reports on Christopher Fleming’s discovery of yet another piece of egregious sloppiness (or, alternatively, colossal dishonesty) by MacLean [4].

Citing the important work of Bruce Yandle, Matt Ridley explains some problems with bad green policies [5].

Mark Perry wishes a Happy Birthday to the iPhone [6].

Ben Zycher exposes more problems with carbon taxes [7].

Sarah Skwire argues that Trump is Shakespeare’s Falstaff with power [8].

Arnold Kling is not optimistic about the role that economists will play in influencing government policy [9].  A slice (I fear that Arnold is correct):

I think that the academic economics will be converted to an oppressor-oppressed view of markets. Not that I think that such a view is more justified now than in the past. Rather, I think that the leftism in academia is stronger than in the past. See my recent essay [10]. As I have pointed out in previous posts, we are already seeing much more focus in academic economics on anti-market perspectives that align with the oppressor-oppressed framing.

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