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Matt Ridley reminds us that reality is not optional; trade-offs are inescapable [2].

Danielle Barden and I write on tariffs [3].  A slice:

Raising the prices that American consumers and businesses pay for imported goods through taxes effectively decreases our incomes and increases production costs for the goods we produce.

This hurts [4] the poorest Americans the most, who spend more of their total income on consumable products.

Furthermore, if Trump’s aim is to create jobs in the United States, tariffs are actually counterproductive. Again, many businesses rely on imported goods — including, of course, from China — to create their products.

Robert Krol is rightly critical of the Trump administration’s approach to NAFTA [5].  A slice:

Businesses don’t like uncertainty over the future course of the economy or policy. It makes them less likely to expand their operations, hire more workers, and do the things that generally make American living standards rise. By making the Nafta agreement temporary, international economic policy among the three members becomes far harder to predict.

Richard Epstein calls for Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ to be junked [6].

Here’s Pete Earle on the real Vlad the Impaler [7].

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is less than impressed by Republicans [8].

What nation has reduced its carbon emissions the most since the late 1980s? [9]

My GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan asks some hard questions about the protestant reformation (which began 500 years ago today) [10].

Here’s part 12 of George Selgin’s splendid Monetary Policy Primer [11].

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