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The ACA: Some Unpleasant Welfare Arithmetic

June 4, 2014 in Economics

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents employers and potential employees with a variety of new rewards and penalties. However, University of Chicago researcher Casey B. Mulligan suggests that these rewards and penalties have effects beyond what the law intended, including on the incentive to work. Mulligan’s new research shows that the ACA will put millions of workers in the economically extreme situation of having zero short-term financial reward (or less) to working full-time rather than part-time.

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Civil War in Mexico (the Mexican drug war)

June 4, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

High school aged kids from Juarez would take part in–and be victim of–massacres that shocked the world.

Mexican Marines operating against paramilitary Los Zetas
Hello, fellow libertarians and aspiring libertarians!
Many of you expressed interest on Facebook and Twitter in my undergrad thesis on the Mexican drug war, which I argue is a multisided civil war and a modern war. The paper is complete, was submitted two months ago, I presented it at three conferences, and I’m graduating in two weeks. Hoorah!
I recently polished and expanded the paper (in order for it to be above the quality of Finals Season, i.e., great rush, much caffeine, little sleep). Once I was happy with it, I submitted it for publication and I sure hope they accept it!
In the meantime, I uploaded my unpublished paper as a working paper on Academia.edu. If you’re interested in a 50+ page academic paper on people killing each other in creative ways, then you’ll enjoy it. The title is “CIVIL WAR IN MEXICO: Re-Examining Armed Conflict and Criminal Insurgency.” You can download the PDF or read it online on my Academia profile.
P.S. I cited Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard as academic sources. Winning!!!
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Photo by Borderland Bear Reporter Buggs via CC BY-SA 2.5 license. Image obtained from Wikimedia Commons.

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