How Big Government and Big Business Squeeze Entrepreneurs – August 20, 2012
Wisconsin's Elmer Kilian wants the chance to earn an honest living. So do Nevada's Lissette Waugh, Florida's Silvio Membreno and countless other entrepreneurs who have the drive and ability to put themselves and others to work.
Thank You for Our Taxi Monopoly – April 20, 2009
Taxi regulation is a textbook example of the public choice economics concept of dispersed costs and concentrated benefits. The behaviour of the taxi industry at a recent policy breakfast regarding taxi deregulation in Calgary illustrated this example well.
Regina Taxi Regulations: Quit fiddling and cure the disease – March 10, 2009
Canadian cities like Regina should discard their license caps and fare controls in favour of quality controls, since the regulatory process has proven it does not serve the public interest over successive decades.
Worthwhile Canadian Initiative – February 12, 2009
Canada has done more than survive this financial crisis. The country is positively thriving in it. Canadian banks are well capitalized and poised to take advantage of opportunities that American and European banks cannot seize.
The Next Team – December 8, 2008
What would you call a group of economists who are skeptical of regulating mortgage markets, who think unemployment insurance and unions increase unemployment, who say that tax hikes retard economic growth, and who believe that the recovery from the Great Depression was a monetary phenomenon rather than the result of New Deal fiscal policy? No, it is not a right-wing cabal. It's Team Obama.
Opening Up Winnipeg’s Taxi Monopoly (Proulx) – October 16, 2008
A proposal to increase the number of taxis in Winnipeg through a proposed taxi co-op.
Richard Epstein – May 23, 2008
One of the world's most high-powered thinkers, University of Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein, interviewed by the Frontier Centre.
A New Approach to Alberta's Minimum Wage – April 28, 2008
Author David Pankratz summarizes his findings as follows: "Our comparison makes it abundantly clear that we can best express the sincerity of our intentions to help the poor by expanding the value of their basic exemption from income taxes . . . In fact, the numbers show that increased exemptions work spectacularly better than minimum wages or tax credits in meeting the goal of improved incomes."
Too Big A Bite – April 10, 2008
"Our comparison makes it abundantly clear that we can best express the sincerity of our intentions to help the poor by expanding the value of their basic exemption from income taxes. … In fact, the numbers show that increased exemptions work spectacularly better than minimum wages or tax credits in meeting the goal of improved incomes."
Let’s Deregulate Taxis – January 17, 2007
The economics of Winnnipeg's taxicab industry have been severely distorted by barriers to entry and price controls. American cities like Indianapolis and countries like Sweden and Ireland have solved similar problems by deregulating.
Unlocking the Job Market – February 16, 1998
The keys to reducing Canada's persistently high unemployment rate continue to evade our politicians, but 1997 job statistics for the United States point to some answers.