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July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

Mexico’s government continues losing pace with cartel threat

For years, Mexico has struggled with a deteriorating security environment as well-armed drug cartels have pushed the country’s homicide rate to perilous heights.

Blog Post
July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 2: Security

The festering security crises in Mexico are ominous — neglecting security policy emboldens criminal organizations and invites bloody turf wars among the six well-articulated cartels that operate with virtual impunity in Mexico.

Blog Post
July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

On semiconductor industrial policy: Proceed with caution

The China threat is real, but past experiences with government intervention in the semiconductor industry mean the US should proceed carefully as it crafts a response to Beijing’s predatory state capitalism.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 1: Economy

Mexico’s mounting problems should bother Americans, because President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appears oblivious to the terrible shape his country is in.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Leave the tax treatment of business meals and entertainment alone

Expanding the deductibility of business meals and entertainment is poor tax policy and would be poorly targeted COVID-19 relief.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Why the Polish presidential election matters

In the Polish presidential election run-off, polls are placing the incumbent Andrzej Duda and the mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski neck and neck, suggesting that Poland has not moved as far down the path of authoritarianism as Hungary.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

5 questions for Nicole Gelinas on American cities and the pandemic

Nicole Gelinas explains how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect American cities in the long term.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Don’t ‘democratize’ privacy

Increasingly, it seems as if any maltreatment of people online is described as a “privacy” concern. Rather than broaden the term’s meaning, we should clarify what exactly “privacy” entails.

Blog Post
July 06, 2020
AEIdeas

Is humanity prepared to handle catastrophic threats? My long-read Q&A with Toby Ord

Toby Ord explores the many existential risks that humanity faces in the coming century and whether we will rise to the occasion to mitigate these risks.

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Economics

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Leave the tax treatment of business meals and entertainment alone

Expanding the deductibility of business meals and entertainment is poor tax policy and would be poorly targeted COVID-19 relief.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

5 questions for Nicole Gelinas on American cities and the pandemic

Nicole Gelinas explains how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect American cities in the long term.

Blog Post
July 06, 2020
AEIdeas

Is humanity prepared to handle catastrophic threats? My long-read Q&A with Toby Ord

Toby Ord explores the many existential risks that humanity faces in the coming century and whether we will rise to the occasion to mitigate these risks.

Blog Post
July 04, 2020
AEIdeas

On Independence Day, believe in America

As citizens, we have a shared responsibility to renew our nation and our commitment to our founding ideals. Don’t doubt that we can rise to meet these challenges — together.

Blog Post
July 02, 2020
AEIdeas

Shedding dim light on hospital bills, part II

Because we already have done far worse in combating the persistent virus of blame-shifting and buck-passing throughout most modern health policy history, we should at least hope to do better through a little more transparent price competition.

Blog Post
July 01, 2020
AEIdeas

AEI housing market indicators, July 1, 2020

According to the AEI’s Housing Center’s monthly update, purchase lock volume for the week of Jun 20 is up 42 percent from a year ago, providing further evidence that the worst of the near-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown may be behind us.

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Foreign and Defense Policy

Blog Post
July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

Mexico’s government continues losing pace with cartel threat

For years, Mexico has struggled with a deteriorating security environment as well-armed drug cartels have pushed the country’s homicide rate to perilous heights.

Blog Post
July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 2: Security

The festering security crises in Mexico are ominous — neglecting security policy emboldens criminal organizations and invites bloody turf wars among the six well-articulated cartels that operate with virtual impunity in Mexico.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 1: Economy

Mexico’s mounting problems should bother Americans, because President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appears oblivious to the terrible shape his country is in.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Why the Polish presidential election matters

In the Polish presidential election run-off, polls are placing the incumbent Andrzej Duda and the mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski neck and neck, suggesting that Poland has not moved as far down the path of authoritarianism as Hungary.

Blog Post
July 02, 2020
AEIdeas

Keep advanced semiconductors out of China

For years, there have been good reasons to move or keep certain supply chains out of China. Beyond COVID-related materials, advanced semiconductors may top the list. To fix this problem, though, legislation must be precisely crafted.

Blog Post
June 30, 2020
AEIdeas

Mexico set to squander gains of USMCA

USMCA’s implementation comes at a time of heightened uncertainty for Mexico’s economic and security prospects, and the country is the least poised of the three partner nations to take advantage of the coming upgrade in trade benefits.

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Tech Policy

Blog Post
July 08, 2020
AEIdeas

On semiconductor industrial policy: Proceed with caution

The China threat is real, but past experiences with government intervention in the semiconductor industry mean the US should proceed carefully as it crafts a response to Beijing’s predatory state capitalism.

Blog Post
July 07, 2020
AEIdeas

Don’t ‘democratize’ privacy

Increasingly, it seems as if any maltreatment of people online is described as a “privacy” concern. Rather than broaden the term’s meaning, we should clarify what exactly “privacy” entails.

Blog Post
July 06, 2020
AEIdeas

Is humanity prepared to handle catastrophic threats? My long-read Q&A with Toby Ord

Toby Ord explores the many existential risks that humanity faces in the coming century and whether we will rise to the occasion to mitigate these risks.

Blog Post
July 06, 2020
AEIdeas

The American semiconductor industry and its global competition: Highlights from my conversation with John Neuffer

On the latest episode of “Explain to Shane,” Shane speaks with John Neuffer, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, about this crucial industry. They discuss the outsized importance of this tiny piece of hardware, the state of the industry today, and the challenges it faces moving forward.

Blog Post
July 02, 2020
AEIdeas

Supreme Court’s Booking.com trademark ruling adds wrinkle to generic trademark debate

How “generic” is too “generic” when it comes to trademarks? The Supreme Court’s potentially groundbreaking ruling in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com sheds light on an issue that could have big implications for domain name holders.

Blog Post
July 01, 2020
AEIdeas

Three months after merger approval, T-Mobile and California continue to feud

Earlier this year, T-Mobile completed its acquisition of Sprint without waiting for approval from the California Public Utility Commission. Now the parties may be headed to court over whether the merger should happen and on what terms.

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