Howard Baetjer, Jr.

Member of: FEE Faculty Network

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.

Howard Baetjer, Jr. 's Articles

Government Regulators are Monopolies

Monopolies provide poor quality at high cost. So why do we let monopolies provide the service of assuring product quality and safety?

- August 02, 2016

There Is No Way the Minimum Wage Can Help the Economy

Artificially increasing some workers' pay cannot increase total output; thinking it can is fantasy.

- June 15, 2016

Government Regulators Are Unregulated

The essential structure of government regulation remains the same, no matter how many layers of government overseers are added on.

- June 01, 2016

Freedom Makes Bigots Pay

Do we need government to restrict racist and sexist employers in order to curb discrimination in hiring?

- December 03, 2015

For the Kids — and for Profit

Small private schools are already educating many of the poorest children in the developing world — and a big profit-seeking company is about to give them a run for their money.

- April 09, 2015

For the Kids — and for Profit

Small private schools are already educating many of the poorest children in the developing world — and a big profit-seeking company is about to give them a run for their money.

- April 09, 2015

Government, Stop Trying to "Help" Uber

Ridesharing started, grew up, and flourished without government’s "help."

- April 07, 2015

Government, Stop Trying to "Help" Uber

Ridesharing started, grew up, and flourished without government’s "help."

- April 07, 2015

There’s No Such Thing as an Unregulated Market

Government regulation is not the only kind of regulation; market forces also regulate. Recognizing this, communicating it to others, and getting the awareness into public discourse are key steps toward greater economic liberty.

- January 14, 2015

Creative Destruction Is Not Zero-Sum

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

- December 02, 2014

Uber against Racial Profiling

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

- November 25, 2014

Regulation of Lodging by the Market Process

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

- September 25, 2014

Liquid Assets

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.

- September 08, 2014

Silver Spoons and the Idle Rich

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.

- July 24, 2014

Value Creation vs. Regulation

Regulation of taxi services is unfair to everyone. So scrap the regulations instead of tightening them.

- July 10, 2014

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Free Society

Behaving in a self-interested manner does not mean disregarding others. On the contrary, because we are social beings who depend on, and often care deeply about many others around us, a sound attention to our self-interest must include a great deal of concern for others.

- December 24, 2009

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