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It is an understatement to say that Don Boudreaux wears many hats.
Many people know him for his extensive academic work on issues including trade, law, and economics. To others, he is known for his leadership as former chair of the economics department at George Mason University and current board member and program director at the Mercatus Center. And to students at Mason, he is known for his excellence as a mentor and educator. But to many who thirst for fresh ideas online, Don is one of the leading bloggers who examines economics in everyday life and public policy. He has blogged at Café Hayek almost every day for more than 14 years.
Today’s edition of Weekend Reads features some of the most interesting articles shared on Café Hayek this week. To see more from Don, visit cafehayek.com.
A.J. Jacobs | The Wall Street Journal
A.J. Jacobs marvels over the thousands of men and women collaborating across dozens of countries required to create “one of the most mind-boggling accomplishments in history”—his cup of coffee.
John Tamny | Forbes
Innovation has literally illuminated human productivity and significantly increased living standards for modern Americans, and this rising prosperity created interpersonal differences in wealth and income measured by money.
Elaine Schwartz | EconLife
How has globalization completely revolutionized modern comparative advantage in productivity and trade?
David Bier | Cato Institute
What did the midterm election last week mean for the future of immigration reform? David Bier of the Cato Institute offers his thoughts, noting that the House of Representatives is the “most pro-immigrant” it has been since the 19th century.
Richard Ebeling | American Institute for Economic Research (AIER)
Many Americans believe extremism on both ends of the political spectrum is ripping apart the nation. There could be room for a “non-ideology of compromise and moderation.”
George Smith | Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)
A new book from attorney and author Timothy Sandefur profiles the life and contributions of escaped slave, abolitionist, and American hero Frederick Douglass to moral and political philosophy.
George Will | The Washington Post
Columnist George Will argues against cruel and unusual punishment and the lack of faith in rehabilitation and human development in the US criminal justice system.
James Pethokoukis | American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
The Congressional Budget Office released four charts on how American living standards have changed over the past forty years, including cumulative growth in average income, Gini coefficients, and average federal tax rates.