Laws & Patents

    Stronger patents can lead to more innovation by creating an incentive for research and development. They also can be used protectively, creating long-lasting monopolies. At the Institute, we're asking to what extent the law should safeguard patents, and where patent law hurts economic progress.

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    Methodological Problems in Macroeconomics: Curriculum and Computers

    The financial crisis of 2008, and the subsequent worldwide economic depression and continuing dislocation, have made little to no impression on the way macroeconomics is taught at the university level, from Economics 101 through graduate school. It has been “business as usual’, which (it seems to me) means an almost studious avoidance of any attempt to acquire knowledge of how monetary economies actually work. Read more

    The Economics of Cyberwar

    Cyberwar is very much in the news these days. It is tempting to try to understand the economics of such an activity, if only qualitatively. What effort is required? What can such attacks accomplish? What does this say, if anything,about the likelihood of cyberwar? Read more