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.
Some 70 people witnessed a strong argument for school choice at a screening of The Cartel on Jan. 27 at the Tivoli Theatre in University City near Saint Louis. The documentary film, part of a forum sponsored by the Show-Me Institute, focused on floundering schools in New Jersey. Journalist Bob Bowdon vividly portrayed a system rife with overpaid administrators, ineffective union-protected teachers, and, worst of all, teens who can't read. A panel discussion followed the special screening.
On Jan. 20, 2006, the Show-Me Institute sponsored this presentation by Lawrence Reed, then the president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, presently the president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed explains the many flaws with the prevailing theory that Standard Oil was a monopoly or that the company's founder and president, John Rockefeller, was exploitative — or, indeed, anything other than a shrewd and successful businessman serving his customers well. Ethelmae Humphreys, at the time a member of the Show-Me Institute's board of directors, introduced the speech.
Dr. Arthur Laffer discusses his essay "The Missouri Compromise," which examines the effects of a state income tax on various states across the country, with a particular focus on Missouri and the potential benefits of replacing the income tax with a revenue-neutral sales tax. Laffer was the keynote speaker at the Show-Me Institute's Open House, held Oct. 21, 2010.
Show-Me Institute staff and interns illustrate a functioning market by scalping St. Louis Cardinals tickets at Busch stadium. Free-market lessons are interspersed throughout the video as the teams show how market transactions can make both parties better off.
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.