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Pierre Lemieux

The Economics of Tax Dodging

Pierre Lemieux
January 5, 2015

We often hear that people who dodge taxes, whether legally with tax avoidance or illegally with tax evasion, hurt the rest of us. Is that claim true? In this month's Featured Article, economist Pierre Lemieux challenges that view. He points out that under the orthodox view of how government works, using our tax money to provide public goods that benefit us all, the claim is true. But under another view, the public choice view of government, that claim is false. Lemieux argues that tax dodgers may even make taxes on the rest of us lower, not higher.
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Arnold Kling

It's Complicated

Arnold Kling
January 5, 2015
This month Arnold Kling comments on what he calls the best non-fiction book he's read all year: Colander and Kupers' "Complexity and the Art of Public Policy." While Kling sympathizes with the critique of mainstream neoclassical economics and its (over)use of "ceteris paribus," he finds some flaws in the way the authors define government and their failure to illustrate the potential mathematical rigor of complexity theory.
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Pedro Schwartz

Don't Cry for Me Argentina

Pedro Schwartz
January 5, 2015
In the wake of a recent trip to Argentina, Pedro Schwartz reflects on the populist agenda that has landed the country where it is today, and on what dangers it suggests for other Latin American countries.
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Anthony de Jasay

The Sick Man of Europe: Afraid to Get Well

Anthony de Jasay
January 5, 2015
Is France doomed to remain "the sick man of Europe?" Anthony de Jasay thinks not. Unless the French government decides to fight the labor unions, he predicts France will continue down her path of "genteel decline."
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