Why Have 31 States Passed Anti-price Gouging Laws (and 19 Not)?

Michael Giberson Cale Davis, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Applied Economics at Montana State University, produced a thesis examining why some states do and others don’t have anti-price gouging laws.  The abstract of “An Analysis of the Enactment of Anti-Price Gouging Laws“: Anti-price gouging (APG) laws … More Why Have 31 States Passed Anti-price Gouging Laws (and 19 Not)?

This Year’s Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary

Lynne Kiesling A couple of nights ago I was reading Matt Welch’s introduction to the November issue of Reason, in which Matt wonders why we have heard so little discussion of the defeat of communism on its 20th anniversary. This fall is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, … More This Year’s Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary

Florida Price Gouging Laws: Too Vague or Just Flexible?

Michael Giberson ExxonMobil, among the companies under investigation by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services for price gouging following Hurricane Ike, has asked the state agency to explain just what price gouging is according to Florida law. [ExxonMobil] officials claim the state’s rules for price gouging are too broad. They have written to … More Florida Price Gouging Laws: Too Vague or Just Flexible?

Laura Levine Rock & Roll Photography

Lynne Kiesling Courtesy of this Boing Boing post, I am enjoying Laura Levine’s rock & roll photographs very much. Is that Michael Stipe with hair? See more of her excellent photos here. The early R.E.M. photos are charming, and the Michael Hutchence photos are bittersweet. And I love the Iggy Pop/Chrissie Hynde photo; I’m on … More Laura Levine Rock & Roll Photography

Only Possible in a Politics-free World …

Lynne Kiesling Too bad that David Zetland’s latest idea is impossible in a world with politics: People are discussing a soda tax. Forget that — just stop subsidizing the corn that’s made into the HFCS that goes into soda. End obesity and a stupid ag subsidy at that same time. Next! My version for health … More Only Possible in a Politics-free World …