Edwards and Bourne do a deep dive into the literature and find that worries about economic inequality are overblown.
File this under "Disgusting Abuses of Government Power."
The calculus then becomes how many deaths we are willing to tolerate before the cost in lives exceeds the benefit we receive from automobiles.
[This is a third assignment from a previous semester. As with the second essay reproduced here on Ignore This, this assignment is but lightly edited, and it maintains its in-text citations and bibliography. In this case, the purpose for keeping these components is to maintain the overall character of the assignment (a practical proposal addressed to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) that, who knows, maybe I'll actually submit to the man sometime in the future).]
Fortunately for that inertial part of me which is loath to go to the trouble of organizing the relevant data and arguments, Cambridge PhD candidates Vincent Harinam and Rob Henderson have done yeoman's work in this area already.
[This is a second essay from an earlier semester. Unlike the first essay that was reproduced on Ignore This, this essay maintains both its bibliography and in-text citations. I think this is for the best given that I cite mostly books here, hyperlinks for which are difficult to obtain and which, in any event, would doubtless be confusing for readers because I know of no way to link directly to the relevant passages. Like the previous essay, though, the following has been only lightly edited.]
Oregon and Washington are merely symptomatic of a larger problem: government loves to grow, something that arguably draws the most public attention at the federal level.
I've only recently begun reading it in earnest, but I can already recommend this book, heartily--especially to anyone that finds its claims hard to believe, or who views the market as morally corrupting.
In short, trade benefits the poor. Meanwhile, the poor are disproportionately harmed by tariffs.
[I've written essays in semesters past that I've been meaning to post here. This is the longest of them. For ease of reading, I've removed the in-text citations and inserted the references as hyperlinks. In addition, I've made some (mostly minor) revisions in language in a few places. Otherwise, what you're about to read is what my professor graded me on.]