Freedom and Migration: More Numbers

In Freedom in the 50 States, we present some statistical results on the association between the three dimensions of freedom -- fiscal, regulatory, and personal -- and "net interstate migration," that is, the number of movers into a state from other states minus the number of movers from a state to other states, divided by … Continue reading Freedom and Migration: More Numbers

Monday Morning Reading

Grading time is here, but these pieces/stories might provide some helpful between-papers distraction: 1.  More violence in Iraq.  According to CNN, "At least 25 people were killed and 69 others were wounded in five car bombings in Iraq on Monday." 2.  Friend of Pileus Damon Linker finds a Christian message in Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder."  Apparently everyone else … Continue reading Monday Morning Reading

Sunday Morning Quotation – Impartiality in Foreign Policy (pre-John Quincy Adams)

Columbian Centinel editorial, January 4, 1794: It is unworthy of the dignity, as well as equity, of Americans, to become partizans of either of the belligerent nations. We are bound to wish liberty and good government to every people under heaven—Having professed an impartial neutrality, public exultation shewn on one side, and goading the other … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Impartiality in Foreign Policy (pre-John Quincy Adams)

Affirmative Action: Unequal Protection?

The Economist has come out against race-based affirmative action in the United States, a surprising (to me) move given the magazine's socially left-of-center outlook (e.g., for legalizing drugs and banning handguns). Indeed, the way in which affirmative action as currently practiced discriminates against Asians even more than against whites is difficult to justify. (I argued … Continue reading Affirmative Action: Unequal Protection?

Congress and the Affordable Care Act: File under Revealed Preferences

John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman (Politico) report (unsurprisingly) that those who brought us the Affordable Care Act are scurrying to create exemptions for Capitol Hill. The big concern: the costs of insurance on the exchanges will lead to the rapid exodus of legislative aides—a policy-induced brain drain. The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader … Continue reading Congress and the Affordable Care Act: File under Revealed Preferences