Why a 3rd Party May Make Politics More Extreme

My friend Juleanna Glover had a thoughtful piece in the New York Times today asking if “Republicans Are Ready to Join a Third Party?” I don’t agree with her conclusion. My concerns are twofold. I fear a third party might help elect Democrats, ... [Read More]

RCP Puzder review

Andy Puzder Reviews The Upside of Inequality

"Edward Conard’s The Upside of Inequality is one of those rare books. Conard refreshingly places the credit for economic prosperity where it belongs: On the willingness of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to assume risk and on the availability ... [Read More]

The Weekly Standard Reviews The Upside of Inequality

The Weekly Standard Reviews The Upside of Inequality

Michael M. Rosen The Weekly Standard November 21, 2016 As impassioned calls to curb income inequality, including through a growing movement to establish a “guaranteed basic income," have increasingly dominated the political conversation here and ... [Read More]

AEI Debate on “The Upside of Inequality”

I summarize my Top 10 NYT bestselling book, The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class for the American Enterprise Institute with Steven Roberts.  The book argues that today's knowledge-based economy is constrained by ... [Read More]

Can Trump Gain Support of Top Republican Economists?

The WSJ surveyed all 45 of the former members of the White House Counsel of Economic Advisors—23 who served under a Republican President and 22 who served under a Democrat—and asked each whether they supported their respective party’s candidate. None ... [Read More]

Political polarization

The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg Isn’t Blue

In Sunday’s NYT, Yale’s Jacob Hacker and Berkeley’s Paul Pierson make a not-very-convincing argument that differences in the prosperity of Red and Blue state show that liberal Blue state policies produce more prosperity than conservative Red state ... [Read More]

What Mike Pence and Tim Kaine Have In Common

According to  AEI’s Andrew G. Biggs, vice presidential nominees, “Pence and Kaine have something…in common: Both presided over two of the few states that don't overpay government employees. … Virginia and Indiana…paid state employees slightly less ... [Read More]

RCP: DiCaprio and the Hypocrisy of Moral Licensing

DiCaprio and the Hypocrisy of Moral Licensing

Real Clear Politics by Edward Conard May 06, 2016 This week, Time Magazine released its list of the top 100 Most Influential People and placed Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover of its magazine for the personal example he sets on climate change. How ... [Read More]

Who is voting for Donald Trump? Source: WSJ

Who Is Voting For Donald Trump?

Trump voters are less religious and socially conservative than one might assume. The Wall Street Journal's new interactive graph lays out the views and backgrounds of voters supporting a Republican Party split into three groups--social conservatives ... [Read More]

Fear of Big Government at an All-Time High. Courtesy: Gallup

Fear of Big Government at an All-Time High

69% of Americans, including a majority of Democrats, see big government, and not big business or big labor, as the greater threat to America, up from 53% when President Obama first took office, according to Gallup. Courtesy of  Marc Thiessen ... [Read More]

Edward Conard Debate Highlights

Edward Conard published The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class in September 2016. The book debuted at #8 on the New York Times top ten non-fiction list and reached #1 on the New York Times business book ... [Read More]

Why tax hikes fall short for cliff talks

POLITICO By Edward Conard | December 12, 2012 To accelerate private-sector growth, Republicans will need all their negotiating leverage to minimize taxes on investors by maximizing spending cuts. In a world where the majority of voters garner ... [Read More]

How Roe v. Wade Empowered U.S. Investors

Bloomberg By Edward Conard It’s possible, but unlikely, that small differences in culture alone can explain the greater economic success of the U.S. relative to Europe and Japan after the introduction of the Internet. The U.S. has poured ... [Read More]