Howard Baetjer Jr.

hbaetjer@towson.edu

Howard Baetjer Jr. is a lecturer in the department of economics at Towson University and a faculty member for seminars of the Institute for Humane Studies. He is the author of Free Our Markets: A Citizens’ Guide to Essential Economics.

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Creative Destruction Is Not Zero-Sum

A letter to the Wall Street Journal

DECEMBER 02, 2014 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

One of the coolest things about Uber is that they didn't ask permission.

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Uber against Racial Profiling

The sharing economy helps end ethnic and economic discrimination

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

Market forces are regulating racial profiling by taxicabs better than government regulations do. Just ask Uber riders.

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Regulation of Lodging by the Market Process

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

The market does a better job regulating Airbnb than the government ever could.

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Liquid Assets

Market prices for water would compel creative conservation in a drought

SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

Why can anyone use as much gas as they want, however they want, but careless water usage can get you fined? Hint: It has to do with prices.

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Silver Spoons and the Idle Rich

Who has the wealth of the wealthy rentiers?

JULY 24, 2014 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

In a free economy, wealth does not sit under the mattresses of the rich. Instead it gets used by productive people making our lives better.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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