Living On the Edge (Politically) Affects Your Happiness

If you pay attention to your social media feed, it probably comes as no surprise that people find happiness in the misery of their political opponents. My research sheds light on this partisan...

Income Taxes Cannot Substitute Economic Diversification

North Dakota is no stranger to tax revolts. In recent years, the state has weathered ill-conceived property tax relief programs and a citizen ballot initiative to ban property taxes. As talk of...

Capitalism Mythbusters: Free markets destroy civil society.

This is the fourth entry in a multi-part series on Capitalism Mythbusters. 

It is becoming increasingly common for people to attribute the economic system of free exchange, also known as capitalism, with the erosion of community and civil society. 

The Future of Social Security: Shifting Away from Pay-As-You-Go

This is the final installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security.

In my previous articles, I laid out the arguments and counterarguments for raising taxes and/or reducing benefits to fix Social Security. However, none of those proposals addressed the challenges associated with how the program is funded.

The Future of Social Security: Reducing Benefits

This is the third installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security.

In previous posts, I outlined the problems facing Social Security and examined the pros and cons of raising payroll taxes. Now, I will discuss the implications of another commonly proposed solution: reducing benefits.

Capitalism Mythbusters: Free markets are bad for your health.

This is the third entry in a multi-part series on Capitalism Mythbusters. 

In this post, I examine the myth that free markets negatively impact your health.

The Future of Social Security: Raising Taxes

This is the second installment in a series of article addressing the future of Social Security.

In my previous post, I outlined the problems our Social Security system is facing. In this article, I will examine the benefits and challenges of one proposed solution: raising taxes. 

The Future of Social Security: Understanding the Problem

This is the first installment in a series of articles addressing the future of Social Security. My goal is to inform readers about the various challenges and proposed solutions surrounding this debate.

Civil Asset Forfeiture in North Dakota

“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” 
- Frédéric Bastiat

North Dakota Labor Market Trends

North Dakota suffers from a labor force shortage. Currently, there are more than 12,000 open jobs in the state, enough to be North Dakota’s 10th largest city.

Capitalism Mythbusters: Free markets lead to intolerance toward minorities.

This is the second entry in a multi-part series on Capitalism Mythbusters.

Malcolm X once said “You can’t have capitalism without racism” (Malcolm X Speaks, 1965). This straightforward quote...

Capitalism Mythbusters: Introduction

In this series of blog posts, I will shed light on some of the most controversial myths about capitalism. I will look to data and research to discover which myths are bolstered and which myths are busted.

How Paternalistic is North Dakota?

When we think of the state of North Dakota, we seldom imagine it as a modern-day Orwellian nanny-state, dripping with paternalistic policies created “in our best interest”. But just how paternalistic is our state...

Minimum Wages Lead to Minimum Freedom

Earlier this month, minimum wage hikes took effect in 18 states. Thankfully, North Dakota wasn’t one of them.

Do You Pay Corporate Taxes? Probably.

Corporate taxes are a hot policy issue right now. The Trump administration has made tax reform one of its key initiatives and revived the debate (if it ever really went away) over what exactly... 

Is Economic Freedom the Secret to Happiness?

The scientific study of happiness and well-being is relatively young. The field got its start as philosophers sought to discover what it meant to live a meaningful and virtuous life.

School Choice and Racism: A Myth Devoid of Context

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the racial impact of school choice...

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 right to reject this bill.

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