Bruce Yandle

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Why Is US Economic Growth So Sluggish?

There are many problems but the regulatory state is one of the main ones.

- September 03, 2016

Neither Gods nor Angels

Efforts to centralize decision making by way of command and control destroy knowledge networks, kill off incentives to innovate, and risk destroying wealth. Recent examples are unfortunate reminders.

- October 29, 2013

Looking for Waldo

Fewer people are part of the labor force than at any time since 1979. A look at incentives helps explain where everyone went. 

- September 05, 2013

Trying for Three Lanes of Wealth on a Two-Lane Road

The economy should be growing much faster than it is, but government interventions have choked off the creative power of markets.

- June 20, 2013

IRS Targeting: As Predictable as Politics

The IRS's targeting of Tea Party groups was only par for the course. All government actions are best viewed as political actions. 

- June 06, 2013

Million-Dollar Trips, Easter Eggs, and Fiscal Sanity

The sky-high price tag for the vice president's recent trip is only a symptom of the real issue: spending habits that keep federal outlays climbing, year after year. 

- March 25, 2013

The Deficit and the White House Tour Blues

Trivializing the United States's fiscal problems only makes it more likely that they'll have to get a lot worse before they get any better. 

- March 15, 2013

Minimum Wages: Equal Opportunity or Barrier to Entry?

Raising the minimum wage is an attempt to repeat the same old command-and-control approach to increasing prosperity. To truly help people, government needs to remove barriers to hiring people.

- February 20, 2013

Rahm’s Rule of Crisis Management: A Footnote to the Theory of Regulation

Rahm’s Rule gives a whole new meaning to the term “crisis management.” It also helps us understand how opportunistic politicians can both establish and respond to crisis-based circumstances—ensuring that pork gets delivered to favored constituents while everyone else is distracted by the looming crisis. The rule forms a footnote to theories that help us understand the regulatory state

- February 11, 2013

The Tilting Point: “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”

The U.S. economy is quickly approaching the point where there are more tax spenders than taxpayers, helping to produce a divided country. 

- January 16, 2013

Why Capitalism?

A review of Allan Meltzer's Why Capitalism? by Bruce Yandle.

- December 17, 2012

Producing Jobs: Thoughts on Obama’s Plan for Small Businesses

Too many policy boulders are being dropped in the water. One can hardly determine the effects of one before another one is thrown in the pool.

- February 09, 2010

Mr. Obama and the Bankers: “Doin’ What Comes Natur'lly”

Maybe the banks do get it. Maybe, just maybe, we, the electorate, and our political representatives are the ones who don’t get it.

- January 26, 2010

"We Want to be Regulated"

Industry support of legislation that imposes restrictions on output is commonplace, but one begins to understand this more fully after careful scrutiny of the lobbying process.

- October 05, 2009

Cash for Clunkers is a Loser

Since Cash-for-Clunkers is now officially out of commission, Bruce Yandle reexamines the life and death of the failed government program.

- August 27, 2009

The Myth of Unregulated Tobacco

On Monday, June 22, with apparent satisfaction, President Obama signed the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), a law that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products. The law requires the FDA ...

- June 22, 2009

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