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

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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