Category Archives: Rent Seeking

Was the Internet a Good Idea?

I remember clearly my first inkling of something new called the world wide web.  I had recently started using email and two colleagues brought me a U.S. Department of Agriculture publication describing a new information system.   One would be able to use a computer and software that would “crawl” about looking for information stored on […]

Economic Concepts You Should Know: Rent Seeking Behavior

It is common for politicians and media writers to speak of a dichotomy between free markets and government regulation.  Proponents of free markets argue that they create economic opportunities and generate efficiency in the overall economy.  Those favoring government regulation believe it creates economic fairness, worker rights, or environmental protection.  The reality is that the […]

“Renewable” Energy – Powerful Words Make Us Do Stupid Things

The term “renewable” is now magical when applied to energy policy.  We understand intuitively that fossil fuels are fixed, not renewable.  Even if they are abundant now, every bit of coal, oil, or natural gas we use means there is less available, and their use causes a host of environmental and national security problems.  If […]