Ryan Bourne

Are Child-Care Subsidies Actually “Good For The Economy”?

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Commentators are already implying Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s new universal child-care plan will be “good for the economy.” Moody’s Analytics reckons subsidies will induce...

Oregon’s Rent Control Bill Would Ultimately Please Nobody

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE The Oregon Senate has passed a rent control bill that would limit annual rent increases to 7 percent above the annual change in...

The State of the New German Minimum Wage

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Germany introduced a new economy-wide minimum wage for the first time in 2015, at a relatively high rate of €8.50 ($9.67...

Punitive Marginal Tax Rates and A Partial Appeal to The Economics Literature

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit headlines last week for advocating marginal income tax rates “as high as 60% or 70%” on those earning...

The War On The Poor Has Many Fronts And Armies, Professor Krugman

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Paul Krugman’s column yesterday lamented Republican policy towards the poor. He has particular gripes with Ben Carson’s changes to housing subsidies, increased...

Shake Shack Planning for Higher Minimum Wages

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE CNBC reports that the burger chain Shake Shack is planning to trial a new restaurant in New York which will not have a...