In this video, policy analyst David Stokes, accompanied by two research assistants, endeavors to get to the heart of the payday loan debate by ... actually getting a payday loan. Filmed on location at Saint Louis–area payday loan stores and casino on April 1, 2010.
In a study released by the Show-Me Institute, Jerome Day makes a strong case for helping to drive Missouri's economy by revamping the state's transportation infrastructure. The long-time university professor and administrator envisions an innovative partnership with the private sector to build a new I-70 north of the existing highway that would carry more than just vehicle traffic.
Jeffrey A. Miron, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, discusses the economic impact of the federal government's 2009 stimulus package. Miron says because tax liabilities accompany any government spending program, last year's stimulus package may not have expanded the output of the American economy, but instead simply redistributed the economy's output.
Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, explains the causes of the Great Depression of 1929 - 1941 and outlines the clear lessons that historical episode provides for modern economic crises. This lecture was presented at a Show-Me Forum luncheon on Nov. 11, 2009, at the Kansas City Public Library.
School reform leader Kevin Chavous and economist David Levine speak at the Show-Me Institute's July 31, 2009, event commemorating the life and ideas of Milton Friedman.
During Dr. Caroline Hoxby's recent trip to Saint Louis to speak about charter school research, she spent a few minutes speaking with the Show-Me Institute about some of the key points contained in her lecture. In this interview, Hoxby explains the benefits of charter schools, outlines the challenges that charter schools currently face, points out the reasons for success in many charters, and more.
Joseph G. Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, speaks at a Show-Me Institute event on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, in Columbia about the importance of free-market think tanks in helping to shape the intellectual and cultural ideas that ultimately determine public policy.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Dave Roland speaks about eminent domain abuse in Missouri to the Saint Louis County Pachyderm Club on Friday, April 17, 2009.
Caroline Hoxby, Ph.D., the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, spoke about "The Promise and Performance of Charter Schools" on May 5, 2009, in a lecture cosponsored by the Show-Me Institute and Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business. Hoxby is also a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Jeff Benedict, author of "Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage," speaks at a Sept. 15 event cosponsored by the Show-Me Institute and the Kansas City Public Library, to tell the story of Susette Kelo's infamous eminent domain case. Hear how Kelo's heroic fight to save her New London, Conn., home turned into the landmark Supreme Court case that outraged homeowners and sparked a legislative backlash across the nation. Kicking off the event is R. Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library and chairman of the board of directors for the Show-Me Institute.