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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 Economic Growth and Development: Are We Rome?
Recorded: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Powerpoint A/V presentation by Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell at FreedomFest 2013 in Las Vegas. Powell speaks to similarities of ancient Rome and our modern economic culture.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration, Civilization, and America
Recorded: Friday, June 21, 2013

Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings, describes who immigrants are and why they move, and he compares the immigrant experience today to that of previous eras, identifying far more similarities than differences at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Other Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Immigration, Latin America, Politics

       
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How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor
Recorded: Saturday, October 27, 2012

Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaks at The Arthur M. Krolman lecture, presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit: "The Truth About War: A Revisionist Approach". Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 27 October 2012.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Trade

       
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‪Professor Peter Boettke on “Living Economics”
Recorded: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Research Fellow Peter J. Boettke interviewed by Jeffrey Tucker of Laissez Faire Books and Club on his new book Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Experts: Peter J. Boettke
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy

       
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The Roots of Government Failure: An Interview
Recorded: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

William Shughart interviews Economist Randy T. Simmons, author of Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure.

Experts: William F. Shughart II, Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Democracy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Public Choice Theory

       
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