Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., responds to recent arguments to raise the minimum wage. While raising the minimum wage would help a few low-skill workers, it would also eliminate many low-skill jobs. Podgursky says there's a better way.
Ticketmaster is proposing paperless ticketing technology that would limit the freedom of fans to buy, sell, and give away tickets to concerts and other events. Show-Me Institute Research Assistant Kacie Galbraith stopped by the recent Justin Bieber concert in Saint Louis to ask fans what they think of the change.
On October 25, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Show-Me Institute, a crowd of excited attendees gathered despite inclement weather in Saint Louis to watch a debate on the hotly contested topic of voter ID laws.
John Fund, senior editor of the American Spectator, and Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for Advancement Project, represented the opposing sides of the debate, with Missouri Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Dierker moderating.
This video, created by the Economic Freedom Project, demonstrates the power of free markets to create and restore — in this case showcasing Joplin, Mo and the volunteers, workers, and residents acting in a market free from government help or excessive regulations.
In these two videos, Wendell Cox explains some of the ideas and implications of his recent policy study for the Show-Me Institute. Is Saint Louis poised to see a population resurgence? Is "smart growth" harming the areas that implement it?
In the final Show-Me Forum of 2011, Missouri Bankers Chair John Howe and Show-Me Institute President Rex Sinquefield discuss the "efficient markets hypothesis," the idea that it's impossible to "beat the market" because stock prices reflect all available information. Professor Howe takes a theoretical approach from the start, but buttresses his arguments with a number of studies and experiences.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding returned to Saint Louis local roundtable discussion show Donnybrook on December 15, 2011. Among the topics covered this time were: a proposal to ban texting while driving in the state of Missouri, the new leadership announced by the RCGA, the controversy surrounding Lowe's and "All-American Muslim," and Pujols' departure from the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Food trucks are gaining popularity nationwide, and the greater Saint Louis area is no exception. Some localities wish to ban the food trucks, restricting competition and consumer choice. In this video, cupcake truck owner Jeff Pupillo explains how allowing such competition benefits consumers, workers and taxpayers.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes weighs in on red light cameras in Saint Louis — the recent ruling that found such cameras illegal in Saint Louis, and the implications of the ruling for the city payroll tax.
On April 22, economist Art Carden of Rhodes College stopped by the Show-Me Institute's office to talk to the staff about his research. Carden's recent work focuses on the economic impact of Walmart and other big-box retailers. In his remarks, he pokes holes in the many popular misconceptions surrounding such retail chains.
Food trucks are growing in popularity in the Saint Louis area. Some area legislators want to restrict their freedom of movement. In this video, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Christine Harbin hits the streets of the Central West End to find out what the customers think of food trucks and of legislative efforts to put the brakes on wheeled food.
Anthony Barber wants to open a barbecue restaurant in north Saint Louis. But last summer, the city rejected his bid to buy the vacant building where he planned to put it. Now, after a yearlong investigation by Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding, the city has said that it will reconsider his application. Here's Anthony’s story.
On Oct. 4, 2010, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Dave Roland, now with the Freedom Center of Missouri, spoke in Columbia on the topic of occupational licensing and the right to earn a living. Titled "Economic Liberty and Occupational Licensing: If You Aren't Outraged, You're Not Paying Enough Attention," his talk relates the stories of a few specific individuals who have been harmed by occupational licensing, as well as the history of licensing — both in general, as well as in Missouri.
Why does the city of Saint Louis hold so many vacant homes and properties without selling most of them? How can a financially strapped city afford to hold onto thousands of properties when there are potential buyers? Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding spent nearly a year researching the issue and will soon publish a policy study that raises some interesting questions. Here’s a video preview.