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D.W. MacKenzie

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

D.W. MacKenzie's Articles and Posts

Strong Evidence of a Weak Recovery Anything Peaceful
Did the Fed Fix the Economy? There's Strong Evidence of a Weak Recovery.

Seven years after bailouts, stimulus, and a flood of fiat money, government officials are struggling to save their legacy. 

Can We Afford “Affordable Care”? Anything Peaceful
Can We Afford “Affordable Care”?

Politics and John Roberts may have preserved Obamacare in the short run. But the fiscal reckoning isn't far off.

Buffaloed by Hidden Taxes The Freeman
Buffaloed by Hidden Taxes

All too many Americans are buffaloed by the hidden tax and regulatory costs that everyone pays.

Down and Out in the Middle-Class Economy The Freeman
Down and Out in the Middle-Class Economy
The president’s claims notwithstanding, we are living in the worst period in the 50 years of our federally managed economy. 
Jonathan Gruber’s Big, Benevolent Fraud The Freeman
Jonathan Gruber’s Big, Benevolent Fraud
If the ACA benefits Americans, why did it need to be misrepresented?
VA Bottleneck: Scandal or Norm? The Freeman
VA Bottleneck: Scandal or Norm?
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.
Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons The Freeman
Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons

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

Debt-Ceiling Crises: Imagined and Real The Freeman
Debt-Ceiling Crises: Imagined and Real
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. 
Profits Are the Only Business of Business The Freeman
Profits Are the Only Business of Business
It is to Friedman’s credit that most of his 1970 article "The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits" still rings true today.
Remembering Coase The Freeman
Remembering Coase
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. 
Breaking the Law of Demand The Freeman
Breaking the Law of Demand
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.
Micro over Macro The Freeman
Micro over Macro
A little-used measure of unemployment and job vacancies suggests why unemployment remains stubbornly high. 
The Futility of Tax Increases The Freeman
The Futility of Tax Increases

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

A Few Observations on the Efficiency of Local Government The Freeman
A Few Observations on the Efficiency of Local Government

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.

Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? The Freeman
Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination The Freeman
Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination
How to Create the Illusion of Low Taxes The Freeman
How to Create the Illusion of Low Taxes
Tolls on the Road to Serfdom The Freeman
Tolls on the Road to Serfdom
I, Government The Freeman
I, Government
The Price System as Can Opener The Freeman
The Price System as Can Opener

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