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Ask Doctor Cowen

July 28, 2007

I took advantage of Tyler Cowen’s offer for a personalized podcast.
I actually cheated and asked him four questions instead of just one, but he was kind enough to answer all of them. Here are my questions:

Q1: Is government a spontaneous order? Should it be considered as an endogenous variable?

Q2: Should government be considered as a natural disaster? In which case would it be possible to take out an insurance policy against, say, a tax increase?

Q3: Would a carbon tax push all prices upward? Why, or why not?

Q4: Do tax cuts push prices upward? Why or why not?

If you’re curious about Professor Cowen’s responses, listen to them here.

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