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Tricia Beck-Peter, and Larry Reed, remember one of the grand and great ladies of true liberalism, Bettina Bien Greaves (1917-2018) [2].

Edward Timmons and Anna Mills find that occupational-licensing requirements for opticians raise consumers’ costs of receiving opticians’ services without improving the quality of those services [3]. ¬†(HT Tyler Cowen) ¬†Here’s the abstract:

The labor market institution of occupational licensing continues to grow in scope in the United States and abroad. In this paper, we estimate the effects of occupational licensing on opticians using data from the US Census and American Community Survey. Our results suggest that optician licensing is associated with opticians receiving as much as 16.9 percent more in annual earnings. In an examination of malpractice insurance premiums in all states and participation rates in optician certification programs in Texas, we find little evidence that optician licensing has enhanced the quality of services delivered to consumers. By and large, optician licensing appears to be reducing consumer welfare by raising the earnings of opticians without enhancing the quality of services delivered to consumers.

Sam Staley reviews The Post [4].

Here’s Richard Rahn on the wealth effect and the U.S. economy [5].

Pierre-Guy Veer exposes the reality of the consequences of minimum wages [6].

Omar Al-Ubaydli reminds us that serious thinking about economics by long-ago scholars occurred in the Muslim world [7].

In this video, John Stossel and his producer Maxim Lott make a case for rescuing kids from government schools [8].

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy joins a number of other thoughtful people in assessing Trump’s first year in the Oval Office [9].

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