Created by Jeremy Jackson |

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.  More recently,…

Created by Raheem Williams |

Headlines in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have declared one disaster after another. News about the rising death toll, massive flooding, chemical plant explosions, lost power, and the cost of recovery

Created by Raheem Williams |

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,…

Created by James Caton |

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…

Created by Raheem Williams |

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the racial impact of school choice. Critics have used research reports to corroborate their claims that school choice increases racial segregation. While…

Created by James Caton |

This is Part 2 of a two-part series covering the definition, health, and evolution of institutions.

Not all institutions are of equal quality. Institutions, when they are well-functioning, reflect…

Created by James Caton |

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…

Created by Jeremy Jackson |

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…

Created by Raheem Williams |

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…

Created by Jeremy Jackson |

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…

Top of page