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Debunking the myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines

Last week, BioNTech and Pfizer announced that their COVID-19 vaccine had shown efficacy in human trials, and this Monday, Moderna did the same. No one was sure this point would ever be reached. Both groups have submitted applications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency approval, paving the way for the vaccines to be distributed beginning […]

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The Great Antidote – Robby Soave

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Robby Soave. In their discussion, Juliette and Robby cover college culture, activism, intersectionality, and his book Panic Attack. Robby Soave is a senior editor at Reason. He enjoys writing about culture, politics, education policy, criminal justice reform, television, […]

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Op-Ed: Seeing on the far side of the moon

This piece was originally published at Works in Progress. In 1929, Bell Labs was frustrated by persistent electrical interference on its transatlantic wireless telephone link. The system had launched two years earlier on the staggeringly low frequency of 60 kHz. After an upgrade to operate between 10 and 20 MHz, electrical disturbances still plagued phone […]

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A Divided America: Adam Smith Institute Webinar

“Much of the last few weeks have been leading up to one decisive day, the day when all would be clear: US Election Day. But in the days following, as votes slowly have been tallied up, we have seen that the democratic process takes time. As we move closer to a result, albeit contested as […]

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The Great Antidote – Scott Lincicome

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Scott Lincicome. In their discussion, Juliette and Scott cover daylight-savings, free trade, and barriers to economic growth. Scott Lincicome is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Cato Institute, where he writes on international and domestic […]

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The Great Antidote – Eli Dourado

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Eli Dourado. In their discussion, Juliette and Eli cover economic stagnation, regulations, technology, and innovation. Eli Dourado is a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He focuses on the […]

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What you should know about the Google antitrust case

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has now filed its long-awaited case against Google, taking aim at the company for its “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising.” The primary focus of this case is narrower than expected, alleging that Google “entered into […]

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The biggest no-brainer in all of energy policy

Give geothermal the same permitting concessions as oil and gas on public lands It’s hard to overstate the importance of the shale revolution. Unconventional oil and gas wells have made the United States a net energy exporter for the first time since the 1950s. The revolution has been a rare bright spot in U.S. economic […]

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We owe our Halloween traditions to immigrants

Immigrants enrich US culture Can you imagine a man clever enough to make the devil jealous? In an Irish legend, “Stingy Jack” earned that distinction. Jack caught the devil’s attention from his reputation as a drunkard with a silver-tongue. One dark night in the countryside, the devil appeared in front of Jack on his walk to the […]

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Policy Briefing: Critical Habitat Designations & Proposed ESA Reforms

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule regarding the administration of critical habitat designations for endangered species. Critical habitat designations on private land can discourage property owners from maintaining or restoring habitat for protected species. Because private lands provide essential habitat for endangered wildlife, it’s important that reforms boost the incentives […]

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The Great Antidote – John Cogan

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest John Cogan. In their discussion, Juliette and John cover the national debt, the federal budget, and entitlement programs. John F. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor in […]

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The hazards of immigrant detention during a pandemic

Alternatives are better for public health and taxpayers For most, COVID-19’s emergence has meant some level of distancing from friends and families. Yet for immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been difficult. Immigrant detention centers across the country have been hotspots for COVID-19. ICE […]

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The Great Antidote – Jennifer Huddeston

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Jennifer Huddleston. In their discussion, Juliette and Jennifer cover the recent news regarding big tech, antitrust, monopolies, and the future of the market. Jennifer Huddleston is the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action […]

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Workers don’t fit into two neat categories

Policymakers should stop trying to force them to The battle over how gig economy workers should be classified continues to rage on in California. Last month California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that exempts more workers from the requirements of AB5 — a controversial law that went into effect at the beginning of this year that […]

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The curious case of Romanian broadband

Photographers often lament taking pictures in Romania. Taking a clear photo of centuries-old homes and city centers is difficult because of the wires. Everywhere they are strung, breaking up the views. Part of the reason for these dense nests of wires comes as a result of Romania’s wired broadband networks, which had their genesis in […]

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The Great Antidote – Don Boudreaux

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Don Boudreaux. In their discussion, Juliette and Don cover the origins, purpose, and effects of antitrust laws in this two part series about antitrust. Donald J. Boudreaux is a Senior Fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program […]

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The Great Antidote – Jonathan Rauch

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Jonathan Rauch. In their discussion, Juliette and Jonathan cover modern ‘cancel culture’, free speech, and changing your mind on issues. Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and author […]

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Valuing rooftop solar is tricky

How much is rooftop solar worth? This simple question has stimulated a raging debate between electric utilities and solar advocates, both in Utah and around the country. The issue comes down to how utilities should account for electricity that rooftop solar owners feed onto the electrical grid. Utah’s largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), wants to pay […]

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The Great Antidote – Rachel Greszler

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Rachel Greszler. In their discussion, Juliette and Rachel cover the concept of paid leave, what it is, and who should actually be providing it – the government or employers? As a research fellow in the Grover M. […]

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Radio: In first presidential debate, what will we hear about the economy?

The U.S. economy is among the six topics selected for the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. When it comes to the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic President Trump and his Democratic opponent former Vice President Joe Biden are likely to agree on the basics. Listen to CGO Academic Director […]

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Blame and vertical integration

Who do you blame when something goes wrong? Have you ever experienced a blue screen of death? Nobody likes it when his computer crashes, but the BSoD, the screen that is displayed when Windows crashes, features a particularly frustrating problem: It is difficult to know who is to blame for the crash. An operating system […]

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The Great Antidote – David Boaz

  On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest David Boaz. In their discussion, Juliette and David cover the state of the country, the libertarian mind, and philosophy. David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in […]

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The Great Antidote – Greg Lukianoff

On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Greg Lukianoff. In their discussion, Juliette and Greg cover free speech, the evolution of free speech over time, and the coddling of the minds of young people in the United States.

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Is data nonrivalrous?

Arecent paper published in the American Economic Review has reignited interest in data property rights. In “Nonrivalry and the Economics of Data,” economists Charles I. Jones and Christopher Tonetti generate insights on data property regimes by beginning first with a simple model of data. After articulating the idea within a model of the economy, the authors can […]

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The Great Antidote – Chris Freiman

On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Chris Freiman. In their discussion, Juliette and Chris cover his book “Why it’s OK to Ignore Politics” and the economic and moral arguments of voting.

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Re-thinking nuclear waste disposal

In March, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed some changes regarding the disposal of radioactive waste in the US. Two months later, an article from The Guardian asserted these proposed changes could “allow dangerous amounts of radioactive material to be disposed of in places like municipal landfills, with potentially serious consequences to human health and the environment.” This […]

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The Great Antidote – Scott Bullock

On this week’s episode of The Great Antidote podcast with Juliette Sellgren, she is joined by guest Scott Bullock. In their discussion, Juliette and Scott cover the Supreme Court case Kelo v. The City of New London, civil asset forfeiture, eminent domain, and innovative criminal justice policy solutions.

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DIY vaccines and citizen science

In1717, Lady Mary Montagu was living in Turkey as the wife of the British ambassador. There, she witnessed Turkish women practicing variolation, a method of smallpox inoculation that involved transferring fluid from an infected person’s smallpox pustules into an uninfected person’s open wound. Though the practice was common throughout Africa and Asia, it was uncommon in Europe. Before moving […]

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What The Office teaches us about immigrants

Real economics in a satirical workplace Hidetoshi Hasagawa, or Hide, is a warehouse worker in NBC hit comedy, The Office. Of course, fans may better know him as the number one heart surgeon in Japan. As Hide reveals, he left Japan to escape from the Yakuza after killing one of the Yakuza’s bosses. The warehouse foreman, Darryl […]

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