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Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok
Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He blogs at Marginal Revolution with Tyler Cowen. 

Alex Tabarrok's Articles and Posts

Does DC's Juvenile Curfew Prevent Crime – Or Increase It? Anything Peaceful
Does DC's Curfew Prevent Crime – Or Increase It?

Moving the curfew from midnight to 11 pm is associated with a 150% increase in gun fire during that hour.

A Bitcoin Magic Trick Anything Peaceful
A $250,000 Bitcoin Magic Trick

How to pass a quarter million dollars around the room — or the planet — electronically, instantly, for virtually nothing.

One Bill Could Massively Improve Access to Lifesaving Drugs Anything Peaceful
One Bill Could Massively Improve Access to Lifesaving Drugs

A bill by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee could create a safe global market for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 

Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition Anything Peaceful
Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

So much of the subsidy is translated into higher tuition that enrollment doesn’t even increase — only student debt does!

Fast-Tracking Safe Drugs without Sacrificing Scientific Rigor Anything Peaceful
Fast-Tracking Safe Drugs without Sacrificing Scientific Rigor

The FDA can and should let sick people try drugs that are still being evaluated. 

Should the Government Compensate Kidney Donation? Anything Peaceful
Should the Government Compensate Kidney Donation?

Taxpayers would save $12 billion a year by compensating kidney donors, while preventing 10,000 premature deaths every year. 

Syrian Jelly Beans, American Murderers, and Risk Assessment Anything Peaceful
Memes, Syrian Jelly Beans, and Risk Assessment

Would you grab a random handful of 50,000 jelly beans if 100 were poison?

Food Banks's Free Market Revolution Anything Peaceful
Food Banks' Free Market Revolution

America's third largest charity is using markets to figure out how to distribute its food where it's needed and wanted most.

Apple Should Buy a College Anything Peaceful
Apple Should Buy a University

Stanford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller used their industrial age fortunes to build some of our best universities. Isn’t it time for a university built for the information age?

 

Author of "The Great Escape" Wins Nobel Prize in Economics Anything Peaceful
Angus Deaton Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

When you read that world poverty has fallen below 10% for the first time ever — and you want to know how we know — the answer is Deaton’s work.

The Pill Whose Price Went Up 5000%? It Costs 5 Cents in India. Anything Peaceful
The Pill Whose Price Went Up 5000%? It Costs 5 Cents in India.

The drug is an unpatented generic that's approved for sale in Europe — but you can't import it to the US, and there's only one FDA-approved supplier here.

Dear Principal: Stop Turning Our Schools into Prisons Anything Peaceful
Dear Principal: Stop Turning Our Schools into Prisons

Turning schools into oppressive fortresses just teaches children to be terrified and insecure.

Japan Liberalizes Regenerative Medicine and Gene Therapy Anything Peaceful
Japan Liberalizes Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Japan will allow sick people to try treatments that have been proven safe while companies collect more data on efficacy.

The Stink of Corruption in the "Other White Meat" Anything Peaceful
The Stink of Corruption in the "Other White Meat"

The classic Public Choice story behind America's powerful pork cartel. 

A Deadly Caution: How Fear Is Killing Patients Anything Peaceful
A Deadly Caution: How the Precautionary Principle Is Killing Patients

What the FDA is really providing is information, and we don’t need product bans to convey information.

The Happy Meal Fallacy Anything Peaceful
The Happy Meal Fallacy

Would a law requiring firms to provide all workers with fries and a drink help workers?

FDA Loses Another Free Speech Case Over Off-Label Use Anything Peaceful
FDA Loses Another Free Speech Case Over Off-Label Use

"The First Amendment directs us to be especially skeptical of regulations that seek to keep people in the dark for what the government perceives to be their own good."

Low-Cost Private Schools Are Leaping Ahead in the Developing World Anything Peaceful
Low-Cost Private Schools Are Leaping Ahead in the Developing World

Private schools for the poor are growing rapidly throughout the developing world.

Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers? Anything Peaceful
Does "Fair Trade" Help Poor Workers?
Is Fair Trade about doing good or just feeling good? 
Price Caps on Electricity Are a Good Idea? The Freeman
Price Caps on Electricity Are a Good Idea?

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