Wish I’d said that – May 24, 2017

“First, incentives matter to all human behaviour…. Like it or not, individuals will undertake more of an activity if the costs of that activity are reduced; this holds as much for bureaucrats as it does for profit-maximizing owners of firms.”

Terry L. Anderson and Donald R. Leal, Free Market Environmentalism

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Wanna cry over Internet insecurity?

In my latest National Post column I say it’s amazing how little attention we give to cybersecurity given the stakes in today’s “connected” world.

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Wish I’d said that – May 17, 2017

“A trend is a trend is a trend, but the question is will it bend? Will it alter its course, through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?”

Sir Alec Cairncross, former chief economic adviser to the British government, quoted in The Economist August 10, 1991

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Hey, do incentives matter… again?

In my latest National Post column I express dismay that yet another expansion of a social program, in this case EI, cost more than expected because paying people to do something caused more of them to do it. Of all things.

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Is “Le Pen” French for “Trump”?

In my latest National Post column I say that closing ranks to defeat Marine Le Pen while ignoring the sources of the discontent she taps into would be to forget the lessons of Donald Trump if, indeed, people ever learned any.

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Know a deserving student interested in free markets?

If you know somebody at a Canadian university who’s interested in free markets and individual liberty, let them know about the Dobson Bursary available through the Institute for Liberal Studies. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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