Rent control: brought forth by the healer
Rent controls help those currently renting and harm those seeking to rent in the future
Every public policy problem boils down to a single question. Should we, the government, intervene? Why should we intervene? When and how should we intervene? What will the likely effects be?
The fundamental lesson of public policy is that, once started, processes are very hard to kill. The government, unlike private companies or households, goes on forever. If you start giving out child benefit as a universal payment, that’s going to keep going. If you...
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Susan O’Keeffe: Public wants clarity, not false promises, from government
Stephen Donnelly may be pledging more than he can deliver on vaccines while the new Living with Covid plan is short on detail and has brought more confusion. We deserve better
Analysis: Variants and vaccines make projecting path of virus more complex
While the vaccine rollout should reduce the number of new Covid-19 cases, the increased transmissibility of the new variant mean progress in suppressing the virus has slowed
Comment: US-China trade relations need a reset post-Trump
Relations between the two countries are openly hostile but Joe Biden has an opportunity to change that by seeking cooperation and mutual gain when possible and resolving confrontation through multilateral forums
Analysis: Central banking’s brave new world
The ambition of central bankers once was to ‘be boring’ but they now take on responsibility for policy objectives such as tackling inequality and climate change. Not all onlookers are pleased at this ‘self-defined mission creep’