Recent posts and articles from IGEG fellows, advisers, experts and scholars.

The Rise and Fall of Nations

Las Palmas, Canary Islands This small group of volcanic islands off the African coast is one of the more interesting places on Earth with almost ideal temperatures. The name comes from the Latin, meaning islands of the dogs, not the birds. The Spanish gained control...

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Why Care about Economic Freedom

Montreal, Canada Good news — the United States is becoming a bit more economically free. The “Economic Freedom of the World 2018 Annual Report,” published by the Fraser Institute of Vancouver, Canada, and co-operating think tanks around the world, is released today....

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Property Rights and Pricing

Many problems exist because the activity is mispriced and/or the key decision makers lack the proper incentives. Argentina is going through another financial crisis which occurs almost like clockwork every few years. The country spends more than it receives in taxes;...

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Why Some Problems Seem Never to Be Solved

“Public choice theory” in economics, in part, explains the way self-interest of those in government and other institutions motivates them to avoid solving problems in order to keep their jobs and perks. Now, a new series of studies by researchers at Harvard and other...

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Watergate Redux

Was Watergate worse than the present scandal? Do you know what the crime was in Watergate? It has been 46 years since the famous break-in at the Watergate hotel in June 1972. In sum, officials of President Nixon’s re-election campaign were trying to obtain information...

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