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Public Choice And Government Failure
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillsdale College Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic discusses the different motives that exist in the public decision-making process. He utilizes economic analysis to shed light on governmental choices. Presentation given on June 9, 2015 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics, Public Choice Theory

       
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The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk
Recorded: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Applauded by many governments around the world as one of the cleanest initiatives for the generation of energy, the wind industry is also one of the most expensive and heavily subsidized, compared with other power generation alternatives. Ryan M. Yonk, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, presents interesting and little-known facts, which demystify wind power's efficiency, cost, and benefits for the environment.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Opening
00:10 History of Energy Policy
00:40 The True Cost of Wind
03:45 Federal Policies on Energy Subsidies
10:05 Federal Wind-Related Initiatives
12:05 Production Tax Credit
15:53 Cost of the Wind after Federal Policies
17:25 State Policies: Renewable Portfolio Standards
22:26 Total Costs
24:58 Social and Environmental Costs
27:38 Policy Implications
29:35 Closing

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About Ryan M. Yonk
Ryan M. Yonk is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Director for the Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics in the Department of Economics at Utah State University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University. He received his PhD in political science from Georgia State University.

Experts: Ryan M. Yonk
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Environment

       
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The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America | Steven Horwitz
Recorded: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

ABOUT STEVEN HORWITZ:
Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Experts: Steven G. Horwitz
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S)

       
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Michael Thomas: Division of Labor and Free Trade
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Thomas breaks down the factors that go into a free trade economy and how division of labor plays into the equation.

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Experts: Michael D. Thomas
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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Michael Thomas: Crusoe, Menger, and Demand
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Thomas explains markets in terms of Robinson Crusoe and Carl Menger. For information on The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, click here.

Experts: Michael D. Thomas
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privatization, Property Rights

       
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Michael Thomas: Economic Institutions
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Thomas explains the role of institutions in a market economy.

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Experts: Michael D. Thomas
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Bureaucracy and Government, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Freedom, History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Trade

       
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Lawrence McQuillan: Regime Uncertainty
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Monday, July 7, 2014

Lawrence McQuillan discusses Regime Uncertainty.

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Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Labor and Employment, Politics, Privatization

       
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Lawrence McQuillan: Economic Freedom
Recorded: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lawrence McQuillan discusses Economic Freedom.

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Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, Property Rights, Public Choice Theory, Regulation and Deregulation

       
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