Uncovering the Mystery Behind Innovation

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Ever wonder why Americans enjoy a substantially higher standard of living than any other large country? According to Matt Ridley, it is because the liberal democracy we have nurtured over the last 250 years is the essential catalyst to foster innovation. Our high standard of living is the result of economic growth. The economy grows not just through putting more …

Living with Risk: The COVID-19 Iceberg

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Sooner or later, the threat of the novel coronavirus epidemic will fade. The virus will not be eradicated, but we will adapt and learn how to live with the risk of SARS-nCoV-2infection. (The virus will also adapt, something very much on the minds of researchers and public health officials.) Our parents, grandparents, and ancestors lived with the risk of polio, …

The Future of Liberal Democracy

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Americans enjoy the economic prosperity and freedoms of its liberal democracy. But our elevated stature is threatened. As the U.S. recoils from the world, the era of U.S. dominance appears to be ending. That is an essential takeaway from Richard Haass’ modestly titled new book, The World: A Brief Introduction. If investors and their advisors, or ordinary citizens, want to …

Uncovering the Mystery Behind Innovation

Laurence Articles

Ever wonder why Americans enjoy a substantially higher standard of living than any other large country? According to Matt Ridley, it is because the liberal democracy we have nurtured over the last 250 years is the essential catalyst to foster innovation. Our high standard of living is the result of economic growth. The economy grows not just through putting more …

The 19th Century Called and Wants Its Trade Policy Back

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Commentators of many stripes, and politicians ranging from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, have derided the persistent U.S. trade deficit — particularly with China — as a waste of capital leaving our country. The view that the U.S. would benefit by correcting this imbalance is taken up in a new book, with a message that should concern all financial market …

The Wile E. Coyote Economy

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“U.S. GDP will contract 30% in second quarter,” blared an April 8 headline in Reuters Business News, apparently intended to sow as much panic as possible. In the Great Depression, real GDP shrank by about 27% from the 1929 top to the 1933 bottom, so the Reuters headline heralds what amounts to the worst news in American history, if it’s …

The Future of Liberal Democracy

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Americans enjoy the economic prosperity and freedoms of its liberal democracy. But our elevated stature is threatened. As the U.S. recoils from the world, the era of U.S. dominance might be ending. That is an essential takeaway from Richard Haass’ modestly titled new book, The World: A Brief Introduction. If investors and their advisors, or ordinary citizens, want to understand …

A Misguided and Harmful View of Trade Deficits

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President Trump, like many others along the political spectrum, has derided the persistent U.S. trade deficit – particularly with China – as a waste of capital leaving our country. The view that the U.S. would benefit by correcting this imbalance is taken up in a new book, with a message that should concern all financial market participants. Trade Wars are …

CATO Institute interview about Fewer, Richer, Greener with Bryan Caplan and Chelsea Follett

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The world is doomed, many people argue, citing poverty, dwindling natural resources, and an allegedly unsustainable rate of population growth. They say there are just too many problems to overcome. But is that really the case? In his book Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance, Laurence Siegel shows that the world has improved―and will likely …

Current Myths and Long-Term Optimism

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Capital Allocators Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts (RSS link). Lavish thanks to Ted Seides for organizing and conducting this interview. Please visit his web site at https://capitalallocators.com! The interview has been edited for clarity and readability.

Fewer, Richer, Greener in the Year of Living Uncomfortably

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Bogleheads on Investing Podcast 021, https://bogleheads.podbean.com/e/episode-021-larry-siegel-host-rick-ferri/. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you prefer audio, please visit one of the links above. If you’d rather read a transcript, click the link below – edited for readability and with some new material and neat illustrations added.

The Wisdom and Folly of Paul Krugman

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Dare to disagree with Paul Krugman? If you’re prominent enough to merit his attention, he will attack your ideas and worse, label you as evil. But behind his rhetoric is an economist who is often worth listening to. In his new book, Arguing with Zombies, Paul Krugman presents his trademark blend of economic analysis and political rage. The book is …

The Novelty of the Coronavirus: What it Means for Markets

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Does market history offer any parallels to today’s novel coronavirus crisis? Market action in recent weeks has been reminiscent of the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2007–2009, the crash of 1987, and, for those with a long memory, the crash of 1929, which wouldn’t have been so disastrous if it had not been followed by the crashes of 1930, 1931, …

What is Good Government, and Why Is It So Rare and Precious?

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The letter Ethan Brodie of AJO sent to introduce my article: This is heavy stuff.   Larry Siegel reviews The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. Larry warns at the start that the density of the book makes it “maddening.” Larry also notes that the book “provides an effective counterpoint to …