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Williams Celebrated in the Wall Street Journal

Williams Celebrated in the Wall Street Journal

The January 22, 2011, edition of the Wall Street Journal features a splendid celebration of Mason's, the great Walter Williams, in the article, "The State Against Blacks." Dr. William's just-published autobiography, Up From the Projects, is now available.

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Tabarrok on Bounty Hunting

Tabarrok on Bounty Hunting

Alex Tabarrok's captivating article, "The Bounty Hunter's Pursuit of Justice," for the Winter 2011 issue of The Wilson Quarterly explains how bounty hunting is one aspect of law enforcement is successfully provided privately in the U.S.

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Thomas Hazlett's article, "Fred Kahn’s first-class flight," is a tribute to the late Prof. Alfred Kahn

Thomas Hazlett's article, "Fred Kahn’s first-class flight," is a tribute to the late Prof. Alfred Kahn

Mason's Professor Thomas Hazlett writes of the many contributions of Professor Alfred Kahn, Pulitzer Prize winner, to deregulate airline fares, electricity, and telecommunications. He writes how Kahn's reforms "upended many regulatory inefficiencies" in the New State Public Service Commission and how "consumers, the environment, and the economy benefited." After being appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board by President Jimmy Carter, he was able to reject the "bureaucratic goobledeegook" and speek freely, offering "opinions that citizens (and journalists) could understand." Alfred Kahn passed away in Ithaca, New York, on December 27, 2010.

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The WSJ lists Cowen, Tabarrok, and Caplain in "The Best Economics Blogs"

The WSJ lists Cowen, Tabarrok, and Caplain in "The Best Economics Blogs"

The Economics Department is proud to announce that the Wall Street Journal just released its list of best economics blogs, and three of Mason's Economics Professors are explicitly mentioned as being responsible for two outstanding blogs in the article, "The Best Economics Blogs." Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok write Marginal Revolution (which was rightly singled out by the WSJ as the very best econ blog) and Bryan Caplan (who blogs at EconLog with David Henderson and Arnold Kling) was also mentioned for his great blogging of Library of Economics and Liberty. Congratulations to Tyler, Alex, and Bryan for their continuing and successful efforts to extend economic understanding through their blogs!

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PhD student, Steven Davis, and SpaceX Launch

PhD student, Steven Davis, and SpaceX Launch

Mason's Economics PhD student, Steven Davis, is also a rocket scientist who works for a company called SpaceX. On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. This marks the first successful test flight of a Dragon spacecraft, which is an entirely new spacecraft designed in the last decade, and it was successful after only the second test flight of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Congratulations to Steve and SpaceX!

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Professor White on C-SPAN

Professor White on C-SPAN

Professor Larry White appeared on C-SPAN (along with Judy Shelton, Rep. Paul Ryan, and others), in defense of sound money and in opposition to central banking. Larry's ten-minute-long remarks start around the 47min., 15 sec. mark. Specifically, he discusses his, George Selgin's, and William Lastrapes's recent paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?"

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