Unenforced Borders are not Open Borders

Related to the recent protests about Cuba, some of my friends have chatted anew on immigration and open borders. This article argues that the States under Biden have relatively unenforced borders in comparison to the Trump administration, and that unenforced borders have systematically worse incentives compared to open borders. The final conclusion is that open … Read more

5 Rando Facts on Immigration

This article discusses 5 random facts related to immigration policy. #1 Economic analysis mainly shows that more immigration is good for everyone. My analysis even indicates that deporting illegal immigrants is more costly than beneficial. See this article for more info. #2 91% of Americans living in Mexico are “Illegal” LatinLife gives a heavily biased … Read more

On Gruber, Free Riders, and Political Economy

Quote 1: “The problems faced by the city of Dhaka illustrate the difficulties of effectively addressing the free rider problem through a private mechanism. Goods that suffer from this free rider problem are known in economics as public goods, and they are the focus of this chapter.” Gruber, Jonathan (2012-12-01). Public Finance and Public Policy … Read more

Two Predictions

This article covers two predictions I am making based on economic theory, one prediction on a bitcoin-denominated stock price and the other on the effects of Colorado marijuana tax policy.   PETA is an unregulated stock-like commodity, denominated in bitcoin and traded on Havelock. As discussed here, they recently came out with a product that significantly beat quality … Read more

Evaluating Human Life

This article covers a technique to value human life. Putting a financial value on human life can be a controversial thing for many moral reasons, but in reality there are a number of ways to measure it. Perhaps surprisingly, these techniques are already used in policy evaluation and other areas. In some industries there is … Read more

Why Redistribution Results in a Weak Economy

The problem is incentives. I work hard and make an A in class. You are lazy and make a D+. The class average is a B. The professor says, “To be fair, next test everyone will simply earn the average. It’s equal that way.”Now I expect to earn a B even if I work hard … Read more

Lessons from “Smoking and Politics”

This article will discuss the role of the bureaucracy in the regulation of policy by considering the specific book Smoking and Politics. In Smoking and Politics by Fritschler and Rudder there were numerous state agencies and bureaucratic organizations which are mentioned as having been involved in the policy process over time. Three of these organizations would include the … Read more

Organizations and Institutions

This article will rigorously define, compare and contrast organizations and institutions. This article is a bit long but worth the read. It is an improved version of part of a paper I wrote for a public policy class during graduate school. The paper received an A- and I am confident it would have been an … Read more

Do Illegal Immigrants Take American Jobs?

I recently butchered an interview when I was asked, “Do illegal immigrants take American jobs?” My answer, which no doubt confounded my interviewer and left him with the impression that I was intellectually confused, was, “Yes and no, but usually yes.” This article is meant to defend that statement, and perhaps find a way to … Read more