The North Dakota Blues
North Dakota has some of the strictest blue laws in the nation.
Blue laws are statutes that prevent or restrict commercial activity on Sundays. Despite the many economic arguments against blue laws,...
Fundamentals of Public Choice
Does a politician become more benevolent upon election? As humans, do we change our behaviors upon being endowed with the responsibility of the public’s trust?
These are the questions confronted by...
School Choice and Racism: A Myth Devoid of Context
What is an Institution: Part 2
This is Part 2 of a two-part series covering the definition, health, and evolution of institutions.
The Heath and Evolution of an Institution
Not all institutions are of equal quality. Institutions,...
What is an Institution: Part 1
This is Part 1 of a two-part series covering the definition, health, and evolution of institutions.
The word “institution” commonly appears in social science literature. While I would venture that...
New Study Damages the Case for Raising the Minimum Wage
In North Dakota’s most recent legislative session, a bill was proposed (HB 1263) to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 and mandate future increases by tying it to the rate of inflation. Legislators were...
The Misplaced Fear of Automation
The rapid advancement of technology has always brought with it the fear of permanent worker displacement. As the economy changes, entire sectors risk becoming obsolete; likewise, workers worry about...
The Problem of Sovereign Immunity
One of the traditional roles of government involves the facilitation of voluntary exchange through the enforcement of contracts via the legal system. This involves establishing and enforcing property...
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As stated in our mission statement, we engage in research and educational programs to better understand the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human...