People in economically free countries are happier than people in less free countries. This is measured directly through the increased feeling of freedom and control over life that citizens of economically free nations enjoy as well as indirectly through increased income that improves general health and well-being levels.


In the News: You work this many hours a week to pay your taxes

You work one day a week solely to pay taxes.

Breath mints

In the News: Breath mint regulation is 17 years in the making

Worried about the nutrition facts for your favorite breath-freshening candy? The FDA is.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Schools ban bake sales

Bake sales let kids indulge a little bit while learning entrepreneurship. So what’s the big problem?


In the News: British builder hits barriers with his private toll road

Private citizen builds toll road when government fails.


In the News: Hundreds wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies in past year

In the Big Apple, the Taxi and Limousine Commission can seize the car of anyone it suspects of driving an illegal cab.

In the News: One box of allergy pills over the line

Two boxes of a popular over-the-counter decongestant can get you arrested.

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

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In the News: Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What the United States’ haggis ban can teach us about the workings of government.

Tiny house

In the News: Homeowners trade big spaces for big savings

The “tiny house” movement is using creative ways to get around regulations.

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In the News: Police cracking down on subway acrobats

The NYPD is looking to turn the city that never sleeps into the city that never dances—on subways, that is.