Tag: Entrepreneurship

Can You Hear Me Now? We Have Too Much Health Insurance »

Hearing aids have been expensive—until now. An interesting story in the New York Times a little over a year ago related the journey of a woman who had broken the shell of one of her hearing aids. Shocked at the price of hearing aids from private audiologists—at least $2,000 for a set, and usually...
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T-shirts and Free Speech: The Newest NSA Threats »

National security is no laughing matter. That’s why the NSA has been awfully busy spying on us as well as our allies abroad and is now tackling a terrifying emerging threat: T-shirts. Back in 2011 the NSA, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), sent cease-and-desist letters to a Minnesota T-shirt manufacturer Dan...
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Creative Destruction—The Best Game in Town »

In his justly famous 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph A. Schumpeter described the dynamics of a market economy as a process of “creative destruction.” In his view, innovation—“the new consumers’ goods, the new methods of production or transportation, the new markets, the new forms of industrial organization that capitalist enterprise creates”—drives this...
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Stunning Results from California »

I’m going to summarize in a single paragraph a debate that has been raging in health policy for the past two decades. On one side is what I call the health policy orthodoxy. On my side is a small group of people that believe markets can work. The debate goes like this. Them: The...
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Problem Solved, No Government Program Needed »

In a classic article, Stanford University professor Kenneth Arrow argued that the market for medical care is inherently flawed because of asymmetric information. In what follows, I am going to embellish on the argument, making it even more forceful than it was in the original text. My book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, offers...
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Armen Alchian (April 12, 1914—February 19, 2013) »

Arline Alchian Hoel reports that her father, Armen Alchian, “passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning at his home in Los Angeles.” He was 98 years old. Armen Alchian was a major figure in the economics profession for more than half a century. At UCLA, where he spent his academic career as...
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Philosopher Alvin Plantinga Receives Prestigious Rescher Prize »

The world-renowned philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has recently received the prestigious Nicholas Rescher Prize for Contributions to Systematic Philosophy, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Philosophy, History, and Philosophy of Science, and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science. Plantinga is widely known for his work in the philosophy of...
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Help Wanted: Economists Who Understand the Economy »

Ronald Coase, the 101-year old, Nobel Prize-winning economist from whose essay, “The Lighthouse in Economics” the Independent Institute takes its logo, is at it again: tweaking his fellow economists for being out of touch with reality in a new piece in the December 2012 Harvard Business Review (HBR), “Saving Economics from the Economists.” Economics...
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Think You’re Smart? Try This Quiz from The Independent Review! »

The fall 2012 issue of The Independent Review, our quarterly journal edited by Robert Higgs, is hot off the press! As always, The Independent Review deals with a wide variety of fascinating questions about economic policy, political and social theory, and intellectual history. To test your wits, try answering the questions addressed in the...
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Country’s Largest Roman Catholic Education System Embraces “Entrepreneurial Partnerships” and Outsources School Management »

A private foundation will begin managing the country’s largest Roman Catholic education system on September 1. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will transfer management of 17 high schools and four special-education schools to the Faith in the Future Foundation. Declining enrollments, closings, and rising costs prompted the shift. “We’ve done a good job for years...
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