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  • Economic Growth and Inequality
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    Economic Growth and Inequality

    The Cato Institute hosted a panel discussion on economic inequality data trends and the associated policy implications. Speakers included Cato Institute Tax Policy Studies Director Chris…

  • Authors Discuss Economic Growth
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    Panel Discussion on Economic Growth

    George Gilder, author of The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does, Steve Forbes, co-author of Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax…

  • Immigration and Labor
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    Immigration and Labor

    Economists talked about the impact of immigration on wages in the U.S., focusing on the pay of low-skilled workers. The researchers presented data showing that contrary to some political rhetoric, immigration to…

  • Discussion on Housing Finance Reform
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    Housing Finance Reform

    Panelists talked about the housing and mortgage finance system. First, Kevin Villani gave a history of the banking and mortgage system in the United States. Then, Mark Calabria outlined…

  • Cato Panel Analyzes Impact of Immigrant Workers
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    Immigration Policy

    Economists talked about immigration reform and the affect low-skilled and high-skilled immigrant workers have on wages, job growth and productivity in the United States. They responded to…

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    The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome

    Kevin Williamson talked about his book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, in which he argues that the…

  • The Economic Effects of Military Spending
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    The Economic Effects of Military Spending

    Panelists aruged the impact on the U.S. economy of automatic military spending reductions. As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, across-the-board federal budget spending cuts, known as…

  • Taxes and Income Inequality
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    Taxes and Income Inequality

    Economists discussed research into and policy proposals to address income inequality. Among the topics they addressed were causes of dependency on social programs, providing work…

  • Economic Freedom
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    Economic Freedom

    Steven Landsburg talked about the role of economic freedom in driving innovation and growth. He described the impact of the Industrial Revolution on personal income, economic expectations,…

  • 2008 Financial Crisis
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    2008 Financial Crisis

    Kevin Villani talked about the 2008 financial crisis and housing market collapse. He outlined how housing policy initiated the financial crisis, and the impact of the implementation of the…

  • Leadership in Government
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    Leadership in Government

    Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) delivered the keynote address at the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Biennial Dinner. He talked about his fight to cut government spending in New…

  • emFinancial Fiascoem
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    Financial Fiasco

    Johan Norberg talked about his book Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis (Cato Institute; September 25, 2009). He talked about the role that…

  • Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform
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    Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

    A new study from the Cato Institute was presented that estimates that the most restrictive immigration reform proposals would cost the U.S. economy about a quarter of a trillion dollars more than the…

  • emFDRs Follyem
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    FDR's Folly

    Mr. Powell talked about his book, FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression, published by Crown Forum. In the book, the author criticizes what he refers to as “big government,” and…

  • Federal Reserve Communications Policy
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    Federal Reserve Communications Policy

    Chairman Ben Bernanke talked about transparency in central banking, such as the Federal Reserve. Topics included the needs of a democratic society, monetary policy makers as public…

  • emThe Big Ripoffem
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    The Big Ripoff

    Timothy Carney talked about his book The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money, published by Wiley. Mr. Carney argued that big business and big government are working together to…

  • Future Job Creation
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    Future Job Creation

    Panelists discussed the future of job creation and ways that structural economic change impacts individual workers. They spoke about changes to the U.S. economy and talked about the…

  • Outsourcing and Insourcing
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    Outsourcing and Insourcing

    A panel of economists discussed the impact of outsourcing and insourcing on the U.S. economy and its relationship with the broader global economy. They noted that many jobs that have been…

  • The Economy and Jobs
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    The Economy and Jobs

    A panel of economists discussed connections between the economy and unemployment. Mr. Mankiw spoke about the relationship between unemployment and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product and productivity. He went…

  • US Economy in the 1990s
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    U.S. Economy in the 1990s

    In a panel discussion titled, “The Economy in the 1990s: What Went Wrong in the Bush/Clinton Era,” participants discussed the recent performance of the U.S. economy. They examined the Bush…

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