George Leef


Posts by George Leef (page 9)

  • Where is your theory?

    As Donald Boudreaux notes in the letter below, while some studies have claimed that raising the minimum wage does not lead to unemployment among low-skill workers (studies that are short-run in focus), advocates don’t bother to advance any theory to explain why labor should be different from all other goods…
    George Leef, March 10, 2015
  • State Dental Board doesn’t even do its real function well

    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against the NC State Board of Dental Examiners in an antitrust case that challenged its habit of attacking non-dentists who offer teeth whitening services. It was apparently quite diligent in trying to stifle competition. Now, as we read in Dan Way’s story, the…
    George Leef, March 5, 2015
  • Sadly, this guy’s arguments are what we’d get from most professors

    The debate over the minimum wage brings out a parade of silly, emotional arguments. Don Boudreaux shoots them down like an expert skeet shooter, but they keep coming and coming. Here’s the latest: Mr. Marion Ellis Dear Mr. Ellis: Calling my criticism* of Paul Krugman’s most-recent column “shallow,” you applaud…
    George Leef, March 4, 2015
  • More people convinced that we’ve oversold higher ed

    For a long time, I have been arguing that, due to federal meddling, we have greatly oversold higher education. (Similar to the way we oversold home ownership as the key to “the American dream.”) In this post on his financial blog, New York writer Gregory Bresiger comes to the…
    George Leef, March 2, 2015
  • Governments and companies both make mistakes, but…

    Companies competing in the market make plenty of mistakes. Managers are prone to overestimating profits from products and overlooking troubles that the firm might encounter. Politicians are no different. They too make mistakes because they’re apt to overestimate the benefits of some law or program and minimize if not completely…
    George Leef, February 27, 2015
  • Can they really believe their minimum wage claims?

    Advocates of government mandates to increase the cost of hiring workers say the most astounding things in an effort to convince people that the laws of economics don’t apply in this instance. In the letter below, Don Boudreaux responds to a piece in The Guardian: Editor, The Guardian Dear Editor: Aghast…
    George Leef, February 23, 2015
  • Spending on higher ed is supposedly an economic boost

    The higher education establishment, always eager for more government dollars to be thrown its way, claims that the more government spending on it, the bigger the economic boost. On his blog, Bob Smith says it’s just not so, pointing in particular to studies in Wilmington purporting to show huge…
    George Leef, February 20, 2015
  • Social Justice Warriors take over our universities

    Professor Robert Weissberg of the University of Illinois writes here about the way Social Justice Warriors (SJW) have largely taken over American campuses. This aggressive band of people (students and faculty members) know that few administrators dare to say “no” to them due to tribal leftist, cowardice, or both.
    George Leef, February 20, 2015