Economic development

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    LISTEN HERE – HeadLocke 045: Applying free-market economics to urban issues

    The latest HeadLocke podcast episode is out. Cities play a major role in the way we live our lives. Free-market economics could play a much larger role in helping those cities function better. That’s one potential outcome of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Anna Manning, March 19, 2019
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    Daily Journal: From the Green New Deal to Venezuela: A million percent inflation and all

    JLF’s Roy Cordato writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: As the specifics — and many of the absurd objectives — of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal have come to light, the common refrain from Democrats who support it is that the plan is “aspirational.” In other words, they…
    Anna Manning, March 1, 2019
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    Democrats, Amazon, and internal fighting

    While Roy Cordato has explained why New Yorkers should be pleased about Amazon’s decision to drop the Big Apple from its expansion plans, Michael Goodwin of the New York Post explores the decision’s impact on Democrats. Democrats are fighting mad — at each other. For once, President Trump…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2019
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    Deirdre McCloskey Talks About “True Liberal Values”

    In a recently published interview, the distinguished economic historian discusses the theme of her soon to be published book, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All. Here are a few highlights: [T]he … 18th-century idea of liberalism—which is the theory…
    Jon Guze, February 18, 2019
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    Amazon changes its mind–New Yorkers should be happy

    New York City and State were on the verge of handing over up to $3 billion in subsidies to Amazon as an enticement (bribe) to get them to locate a new headquarters on Long Island in Queens. Luckily for the people of New York, Amazon is backing out of the…
    Roy Cordato, February 14, 2019
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    Tax cuts, innovation, and economic growth

    Paul Romer won the Nobel prize in economics for showing how innovation creates economic growth. A new working paper from Raj Chetty and his colleagues presents a model of how much innovation results from tax cuts. Their model suggests tax changes “have no impact on the decisions of star inventors,…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina could take a modest step toward reforming its capital gains tax. Roy Cordato recommends capping that tax at its current rate. He explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. As National School Choice Week concludes, Terry Stoops recaps North Carolina’s recent achievements…
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When Apple chose Austin over Raleigh for its major new expansion project, some N.C. economic developers fretted about another “loss” for the Tar Heel State. Jon Sanders analyzes Apple’s decision for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the significance of a recent federal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 4, 2019