Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

Posts by Joe Carter

The cost (and return on investment) of having children

Are you a parent or thinking of becoming one? If so, the federal government has a new report that will cause your bank account to gasp. According to the Department of Agriculture, the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.07.17

The rate at which US companies cite regulations as an obstacle has quadrupled over the last 20 years Christopher Groskopf, Quartz Rarely does anyone measure the impact of new regulations on the companies they affect. Continue Reading...

If the lottery was honest

When it comes to government programs for redistributing income, nothing is quite as malevolently effective as state lotteries. Every year state lotteries redistribute the income of mostly poor Americans (who spend between 4-9 percent of their income on lottery tickets) to a handful of other citizens—and to the state’s coffers. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.06.17

An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency An amendment from the 1870s is now being invoked in Georgia to challenge a scholarship program allowing children to attend religious schools. Continue Reading...

Economics made the world a better place

“A lot of doom and gloom types say we’re living in dark times. But they’re wrong,” says economist Donald J. Boudreaux. “While there are real problems, the world has never been healthier, wealthier, and happier than it is today. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Jean-Baptiste Say

Today is the 250th anniversary of Jean-Baptiste Say, one of the most important economic thinkers of the nineteenth century. Here are five facts you should know about this French economist: 1. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.05.17

The economists have had another terrible year. It’s time for a complete re-think Jeremy Warner, The Telegraph his may or may not be a good time for democracy, but one thing is certain about the past year of political upsets; it’s heaped further humiliations on the economics profession. Continue Reading...

Providence, presidents, and the fundamental fallacy of pop economics

When running for president, candidates often makes outlandish promises about how we’ll benefit once they have power. For instance, vice-presidential candidate John Edwards said in 2004 that, “when John Kerry is president people like [quadriplegic actor] Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” And in 2008, then-candidate Barak Obama said we’ll look back on his winning the Democratic nomination as the moment “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.” The most absurd claims, though, are often about matters of economics. Continue Reading...