D.W. MacKenzie

D. W. MacKenzie is an assistant professor of economics at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

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Jonathan Gruber’s Big, Benevolent Fraud

Obamacare, the noble lie, and cognitive dissonance at MIT

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 by D.W. MACKENZIE

If the ACA benefits Americans, why did it need to be misrepresented?

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VA Bottleneck: Scandal or Norm?

Problems with the VA go deeper than recent episodes

MAY 22, 2014 by D.W. MACKENZIE

The VA is a mess because big bureaucracies simply can't function efficiently. It's scandalous that so many in power still believe they can.

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Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons

The Affordable Care Act contributes to an already unsustainable situation

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 by D.W. MACKENZIE

The ACA (Obamacare) creates more open-access commons in healthcare, which will result in overconsumption and push the United States more quickly to insolvency.

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Debt-Ceiling Crises: Imagined and Real

A lot of the talk about the debt ceiling amounts to fearmongering

OCTOBER 10, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

If the U.S. government wants to get serious about paying the next few months' bills, the President could start by selling some assets. The long-term problems are another matter.

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Profits Are the Only Business of Business

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

Forty-three years ago today Milton Friedman published his article "The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits." It is to Friedman's credit that most of this short article rings as true today as it did on September 13, 1970.

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Remembering Coase

A Note on the Passing of “The Accidental Economist”

SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

Ronald Coase lived a remarkable life, ending up in economics by chance but playing a crucial role in shaping the discipline's modern form. His efforts were rewarded with the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Breaking the Law of Demand

Krueger and Card’s New Minimum-Wage Theory After 20 Years

AUGUST 05, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

Minimum-wage laws have failed to help the people whom these laws were supposed to help. Those who truly want to help lower-income Americans should press for the repeal of these laws.

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Micro over Macro

Unemployment Benefits Are Prolonging the Pain

JUNE 26, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

A little-used measure of unemployment and job vacancies suggests why unemployment remains stubbornly high.

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The Futility of Tax Increases

JANUARY 21, 2013 by D.W. MACKENZIE

Targeting tax increases at just "the wealthy" is impossible--and won't solve any of the government's financial woes.

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A Few Observations on the Efficiency of Local Government

NOVEMBER 12, 2012 by D.W. MACKENZIE

We've heard of cities going bust after city managers and the like get through looting them. Wasting money, though, is a matter of routine for local governments, says D. W. MacKenzie.

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