The Tax Reform Chasm Widens

This article originally appeared in the George W. Bush Institute. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon If the cliché is true that D.C. is simply high school writ large, then the annual dinner of the Tax Foundation is its party for nerds who can’t get dates to the prom. Every November […]

After a Month of Trying, I Still Can’t Sign Up for Obamacare

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon After a month of trying, I still can’t complete an application to join the D.C. Health Exchange. For a week, the Obamacare marketplace asked me to prove my citizenship, my daughter’s existence, and my fixed address in the[…..]

White House Skirts the Law in Expanding Davis-Bacon

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins The Obama administration did a small favor for unions last spring by declaring that land surveyors are henceforth covered by the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires that workers be paid the “prevailing” union wage when employed by[…..]

The Fruits of Gridlock

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Innovations spread through an economy in complicated ways, especially when we look beyond the private sector. For instance, economists have noted that the surprisingly slow adoption of leading-edge medical practices across the United States mirrors the glacially slow propagation[…..]

The Fruits of a Failed Dissertation: Ed Clarke, 1939-2013

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon IN MEMORIAM With the recent announcement of the 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize for economics came the sad news of the passing of Ed Clarke, who likely was on the award’s short-list. While Clarke is virtually unknown to[…..]

Tax Reform: Break-Up Edition

This article originally appeared at the George W. Bush Institute. Click here for the original article. By Ike Brannon As I was finishing graduate school I began dating a comely woman who happened to be in her last year of school as well. A couple of months into what I thought was a pretty good[…..]