The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
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Campaign Finance

Jeffrey Milyo

Conventional wisdom holds that money plays a central and nefarious role in American politics. Underlying this belief are two fundamental assumptions: (1) elective offices are effectively sold to the highest bidder, and (2) campaign contributions are the functional equivalent of bribes. Campaign finance regulations are thus an attempt to hinder the operation of this political marketplace. Of course, the scope of such regulation is itself limited by the constitutional protection of political speech, association, and the right to petition. Nevertheless, many Americans are willing to sacrifice their, and others', free-speech rights in an attempt to limit the influence of moneyed interests in politics....

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Fiscal Policy

Wolfgang Kasper

Fiscal Sustainability

Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Industrial Revolution and the Standard of Living

Clark Nardinelli

Standards of Living and Modern Economic Growth

John V. C. Nye

Public Choice

William F. Shughart II

Immigration

George J. Borjas

Health Care

Michael A. Morrisey

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Ragnar Frisch

(1895-1973)

In 1969 Norwegian Ragnar Frisch, along with Dutch economist, Jan Tinbergen, received the first Nobel Prize for economics "for having developed and applied dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes." Frisch received his prize for his pioneering work in econometric modeling and measurement; indeed, Frisch invented the word "econometrics" to refer to the use of mathematical and statistical techniques to test economic hypotheses. Frisch founded the Econometric Society in 1930....

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