Posts by Benjamin Powell
Benjamin Powell is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Free Market Institute and Professor of Economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. His Independent books include Making Poor Nations Rich and Housing America.
The Key Indicator for Reopening the Economy Is Hospital Capacity


Like many people, I’ve been following the various COVID-19 numbers with interest and have become aware of the various data problems with many of them. However, it is becoming obvious to me that, as talk turns to “reopening” the economy, most of these numbers aren’t relevant, yet people are selectively using them to support...
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‘Grand Bargain’ Is Bay State’s Grand Disaster


Increased minimum wage and forced paid leave will ultimately hurt workers.

Texas Tech Free Market Institute


In January I left Suffolk University to start the new Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. I remain affiliated as a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute and plan to continue my productive relationship with them well into the future. Since I’ve continued to write commentary for Independent some of you might have...
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Immigration Myths


Immigration is often a contentious public policy issue and there are legitimate hard questions that surround the issue. Unfortunately, all too often, public debate is centered around a few economic misconceptions people have about immigration instead of focusing on the tougher issues. Immigrants are not a drag on the economy, they don’t steal jobs...
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