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PowerLinks 04.19.17

Freedom of worship is on the decline in many countries The Economist A new report quantifies religious persecution by both governments and individuals How to Turn a Poor Country into a Rich Country the Easy Way Daniel J. Continue Reading...

Why do governments enact price controls?

Note: This is post #29 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. If price controls have negative consequences—and they do—then why do governments enact them? In this video by Marginal Revolution University, economist Alex Tabarrok looks at the example of President Nixon’s wage and price controls in the 1970s. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.18.17

Which State Sends Most Taxes To Dc? Hint: It’s Not A State Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation’s capital. Continue Reading...

Hades is a bad economist

Late 16th century icon of Jesus’s decent to Hades and resurrection by Markos Bathas (1498-1578). Public domain.   This Sunday Christians all over the world (East and West together this year!) celebrated Easter or Pascha, the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the holiest day of the liturgical year, the beginning of a festive season that lasts for the next forty days. Continue Reading...

7 Figures: Restrictions on religion around the globe

Anew study by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation reports on the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. Here are seven figures you should know from the latest study on trends in religious hostilities: 1.  Continue Reading...