Research & Commentary


, AllOnGeorgia
COLUMN: New Law Leaves Georgians Dazed and Confused
Marc Hyden

“Exact science … is not an exact science. The machine simply does not operate as expected,” David Bowie said as Nikola Tesla in the movie The Prestige. While this quote referenced one of…

Farmers and ranchers caught in the middle of Trump’s trade wars
Clark Packard

The past few years have been trying times for America’s farmers and ranchers. As President Trump’s trade war with China drags on with no end in sight, the outlook for the American agricultural…

Central Bank Independence: A Canadian Contrast
Alex J. Pollock

Whether central banks are or should be or could be “independent” of the rest of the government is a key question in political economics and political finance.  Given the great power of the…

, The Week
Why politics is the shallowest way to interpret the Supreme Court
Shoshana Weissmann

Judges are less partisan than you’ve heard.

The party identification of a member of Congress might be a helpful heuristic for understanding his or her leaning on any given issue, but the same does…

Lodi terror case shows injustice results when fear rules
Steven Greenhut

SACRAMENTO – There was a saying, which sprung from the French Revolution and was used during the Russian Revolution: “No enemies on the Left.” It was the idea that left-wing revolutionaries…

Testimony Regarding AB304
Caroline Kitchens

Testimony from:
Caroline Kitchens, Director of Federal Affairs, R Street Institute
Regarding AB304, “An Act to amend 450.095 (title) and 450.095 (3); and to create 450.01 (16) (L), 450.095 (1)…

Letter Asking For More Transparency From The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG)
Kevin Kosar

August 14, 2019

The Honorable Douglas Letter Office of General Counsel

219 Cannon House Office Building

U.S House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Letter:

We, the…

, Financial Times
The golden 2% has created the modern world
Alex J. Pollock

Of course Vaclav Smil is correct that Moore’s Law-type growth rates of 35 per cent per year will not go on forever, however astonishing the record so far (“Infinite growth is a pipe dream”,…

, The Center Square
Capping supervision sentences in Pennsylvania will make us safer
Arthur Rizer

“Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” seems like a straightforward equation made for simpler times. Indeed, the phrase was made popular by the 1970s cop show “Baretta” and even…

, The Fulcrum
At the next debates, ask about things a president can do
Anthony Marcum

July’s Democratic presidential debates highlighted a number of important national issues. From health care to economic inequality, candidates offered many purported solutions. The vast majority of…