Tag Archives: economics

Robocalls make cell users fear answering the phone

June 19, 2019
By Daniel Sutter

AMillions of Americans fear answering their phone due to a plague of billions of robocalls. These calls have made a mockery of the national Do Not Call Registry and touch on several public policy questions.

We had seemingly ended the problem of unwanted telemarketing calls. Congress authorized the Do Not Call Registry in 2003 after…

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Politics and the Economics of the Carbon Tax

January 31, 2019
By Daniel Sutter

A carbon tax involves some good economics and is probably the best way to address global warming. And yet I think that adopting the tax represents bad policy. My reservations involve the politics of policy implementation as examined by Nobel prize-winning economist James Buchanan.

Before getting to my concerns, let’s consider two other arguments against…

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Fire Safety or Compliance Waste?

July 27, 2018
By Daniel Sutter

Troy’s fire department rating will improve this October, which should lower our insurance rates.  Fire protection ratings show how markets can ensure the quality of our services.  They also provide an example of value creation as opposed to compliance-driven documentation.

The Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) Fire Suppression Rating Schedule dates back to 1909.  Insurance companies…

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