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William F. Shughart Discusses the Import-Export Bank on The Gary Nolan Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Sr. Fellow William F. Shughart II appeared on The Gary Nolan radio show to discuss the Export-Import bank. In a recent syndicated Op-Ed, Shughart wrote that the Export-Import bank distorts prices and it interferes with the free flow of international commerce.

Experts: William F. Shughart II
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Trade

       
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Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan: California’s Public Pension Crisis
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about California’s state pension system, a topic he writes about frequently, including in his forthcoming book “California Dreamin’: Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.”

First he defines the types of pension programs for state employees, he outlined how funding for the programs is not sustainable for the promises made to pension recipients. The state admits to an unfunded liability of $140 billion, but McQuillan says that is actually an underestimate. According to most economists, the true amount of the unfunded liability is $430 billion.

How did this happen? McQuillan explains and offers six solutions to keep the pension systems solvent.


Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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New MyGovCost App Demo!
Recorded: Friday, June 13, 2014

How much Washington’s spending is costing YOU? Enter your age, income, and education level and the calculator shows exactly what you’re paying for national defense, welfare, education, national debt, and more even federal programs, as well as the entire federal budget. Along with the calculator, the free MyGovCost iPhone and iPad mobile application contains blogs, Op-Eds, videos, and news from The Independent Institute and MyGovCost.org.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty
Recorded: Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell discusses the unintended consequences of anti-sweatshop activism and the real recipe for escaping poverty: economic freedom.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy, Labor and Employment

       
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Benjamin Powell Discusses Sweatshops on Vancouver’s CKNW Radio
Recorded: Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell appears on Vancouver’s CKNW radio to discuss the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Powell talks with host Mike Eckfordabout conditions in clothing factories in Bangladesh and markets for labor and the products manufactured there.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Free Market Economics, Labor and Employment, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Smart Growth
Recorded: Friday, March 21, 2014

Senior Fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan exposes Government misappropriation of gas tax revenue to fund "smart growth" urban development programs.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Agriculture, Bureaucracy and Government, Economic Policy, Environment, Government Waste/Pork, Land Use, Regulation and Deregulation, Urban Issues

       
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Benjamin Powell on Stossel
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2014

Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell discusses American infrastructure spending and job creation on Stossel.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic Policy, Labor and Employment

       
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Water Fight
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2014

Senior Fellow Randy T. Simmons, co-editor of Aquanomics, looks at the battles over water in the western United States. Thirsty citizens of growing cities, farmers, factories and environmentalists are in a fight for a natural resource that is priced arbitrarily. Its value is determined not by the free market, but by bureaucrats. Outdated government reclamation projects and water policies have put residents of the Golden State at the mercy of the weather, and of government's mandatory regulations.

Experts: Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Business, Economic Policy, Environment, Land Use, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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