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Jeffrey A. Miron
Jeffrey A. Miron is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Miron is on Twitter: @jeffreyamiron.

Entries by Jeffrey A. Miron

Marijuana, Sex and Amsterdam

(59) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 6:39 PM

For the past twenty years, I have researched the economics of drug legalization versus drug prohibition. Based on this work and much other evidence, I have come to regard legalization as a policy no-brainer. Virtually all the effects would be positive, with minimal risks of significant negatives.

An important...

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The Tea Party's Cynical Opposition to Immigration Reform

(42) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:07 PM

Last month, the Senate adopted immigration reform by a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans in favor. Prospects for reform are still grim, however, because Tea Party Republicans in the House are dead set against the bill's "path to citizenship." At a minimum, these members insist a path cannot occur without...

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Do the NSA's Phone and Internet Monitoring Programs Make Sense?

(13) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:19 PM

The National Security Administration's monitoring of Americans' phone calls and internet communications raises a fundamental question: when is increased security worth reduced privacy or civil liberty?

The answer depends, in part, on how often these NSA actions prevent terrorist attacks. If the NSA could provide multiple, convincing examples of...

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The (Imperfect) Case for Question 3

(8) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 11:31 AM

On November 6th, Massachusetts voters will consider a state-wide ballot initiative to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. Under the proposed law, residents with qualifying medical conditions and a doctor's prescription would be able to purchase marijuana legally, and approved providers would be able to grow and distribute marijuana legally....

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The Fed Versus the Gold Standard

(160) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Bashing the Federal Reserve has become a major indoor sport. Tea Partiers and libertarians blame the Fed for the housing bubble, and they fear the Fed's accommodative policies will re-ignite inflation. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has vowed -- if elected -- to replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman. And...

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Soaking the Rich Is Not Fair

(1022) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 2:04 PM

What is the "fair" amount of taxation on high-income taxpayers?

To liberals, the answer is always "more." Liberals view high income -- meaning any income that exceeds their own -- as the result of luck or anti-social behavior. Hence liberals believe "fairness" justifies government-imposed transfers from the rich to...

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Should Governments Subsidize Health Insurance?

(143) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 11:57 AM

Most people believe that government should subsidize health insurance. Liberals endorse this view with gusto, arguing for universal provision as in Canada or Western Europe. Conservatives endorse less government subsidy, but they routinely defend Medicare and the tax preference for employer-provided health insurance, the two largest subsidies in the United...

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Anti-Libertarian Presidents

(481) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:34 PM

Deciding which politician to support has long been frustrating for libertarians. Both the liberal and conservative perspectives conflict with cherished libertarian views, so few Democrats or Republicans present a package that libertarians can embrace with enthusiasm.

Libertarians do find common ground with conservatives on some issues, and with liberals on...

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