​​​​​​​​​Popular Publications

111. "Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's Voucher Expansion Plan Benefits Both Low-Income and Wealthy Kids," Tennessean. December 11th, 2023. 

110. "Straight Whiskey and Bad Regulation," Regulation(Cato Institute). Fall 2023. 

109. "Stadium Subsidies Reveal Tensions in Democratic Priorities," American Institute for Economic Research. May 14th, 2023. 

108. "Gretchen Whitmer's Double Standards Are Exposed Yet Again With Her TikTok Usage," The American Spectator. April 2nd, 2023. 

107. "Alabama Jobs Act, Same Old Sond and Dance of Failed Tax Incentives," AL.com. March 20th, 2023. 

106. "The Day of Reckoning for the Retirement Systems of Alabama," AL.com. January 12th, 2023. 

105. "Garth Brooks is a Great Performer, But He's Out-of-Tune on Titans Stadium," Tennessean. December 14th, 2022. 

104. "The Mutual Benefits of Markets," Charles Koch Foundation Impact Stories. November 15th, 2022. 

103. "Vote to Amend Tennessee Constitution to Protect Right-to-Work Laws," Tennessean. October 10th, 2022. 

102. "NIMBY Impulses Will Make Nashville's Housing Crisis Worse," (with Justin Hayes). The Center Square. September 2nd, 2022. 

101. "Nashville Street Vendors Are Not a Blight to the City; They Are Entrepreneurs," (with Gabriel F. Benzecry). Tennessean. August 11th, 2022. 

100. "Fool a City Twice, Shame on Us," (with Justin Hayes). The Center Square. August 8th, 2022. 

99. "The Academy Doesn't Mind Harassment When It Targets the Right," American Institute for Economic Research. May 26th, 2022. 

98. "Occupational Licensing Reduces Economic Opportunity in Tennessee," (with Macy Scheck and Ron Shultis). Tennessean. April 5th, 2022. 

97. "The Costs of Occupational Licensing Fall Heaviest on Vulnerable Tennesseans," (with Macy Scheck and Ron Shultis). The Center Square. March 30th, 2022. 

96. "How Inflation Raises Your Taxes," (with William F. Ford). Wall Street Journal. March 30th, 2022. 

95. "Why a New Titan's Stadium Would be a Taxpayer-funded Boondoggle," Tennessean. March 22nd, 2022. 

94. "Is a College Degree Still Worth the Price Tag?" Nashville Business Journal. March 15th, 2022. 

93. "Zoning Laws, Not REITs to Blame for High Housing Prices," Orange County Register. March 9th, 2022. 

92. "Tobacco's Surprising Partners in Stubbing Out Vaping," Real Clear Politics. February 28th, 2022. 

91. "When Should Government Infringe Upon Academic Freedom in a Democracy?," (with Adam Kissel). Tennessean. February 19th, 2022. 

90. "Biden's Fed Nominees a Tit-for-Tat Response to Trump's," InsideSources. January 27th, 2022. 

89. "Why Tennessee Must Reform Certificate-of-Need Regulations to Improve Health Care Markets," (with Macy Scheck). Tennessean. January 25th, 2022. 

88. "Money and the Rule of Law," Centre for the Study of Governance & Society, King's College London. January 24th, 2022. 

87. "Policymakers Giving Millions to Ford Have Case of Big-Government Blues," Tennessean. November 1st, 2021. 

86. "The Puzzle of Cryptocurrency," Nashville Business Journal. October 22nd, 2021. 

85. "Big Government Stifiling of Big Tech Will Harm Tennessee Consumers," Tennesseean. October 8th, 2021. 

​         Reprinted in CommercialAppeal and KnoxNews

84. "Is Inflation on the Horizon?" Nashville Business Journal. June 8th, 2021. 

83. "Money and the Rule of Law," (with Alexander W. Salter and Peter J. Boettke). fifteen eightfour (Cambridge University Press). May 26th, 2021. 

82. "Alcohol Taxes Fall Heaviest on the Poor," (with Macy Scheck). Tennessean. May 6th, 2021. 

81. "What Can the Government Do to Help the Poor?" The Center Square. April 7th, 2021. 

​80. "End the Fed's Mission Creep," (with Alexander W. Salter). Wall Street Journal. March 26th, 2021. 

79. “Tennessee on the Up and Up,” The Center Square. March 26th, 2021. 

78. “COVID Stimulus Won’t Cure the Pension Pandemic,” (with Eileen J. Norcross). Tribune Syndicate. March 26th, 2021.

       Rerinted in Bristol Herald CourierFinger Lake Times, Marietta Daily Journal, The Free Lance Star, The Lafayette Observer, Twin Cities Pioneer               Press, & West Hawaii Today. 

77. "What Trash Can Teach Us About Economics," American Institute for Economic Research. March 16th, 2021. 

76. "The Legacy of James M. Buchanan at Middle Tennessee State University: A Response to Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains," PERI Commentary. March 11th,                   2021. 

​75. "By Supporting Trumpism, the GOP is in Danger of Losing Libertarian Support," (with Alexander W. Salter). Dallas Morning News. February 7th, 2021. 

74. "Federal Minimum Wage Will Harm Tennessee," Chattanooga Times Free Press. February 3rd, 2021. 

​73. "End Asset Forfeiture in Tennessee," Tennessee Lookout. January 27th, 2021. 

72. "Why Conservative Should Support Marijuana Legalization," Tennessean. January 26th, 2021. 

71. "Why Certificate of Need Laws are Stifling Health Care in Tennessee," Nashville Business Journal. January 8th, 2021. 

70. "Make Way for the Innovators: Their Risk is Our Reward," Nashville Business Journal. January 8th, 2021. 

​69. "Forgiving Student Loans Fails Econ 101," Tennesse Star. December 17th, 2020. 

68. “Does Judy Shelton’s Rejection Mean the Gold Standard is Dead?Nashville Business Journal. December 10th, 2020.

67. “A Memorial from a Student on Walter W. Williams,Tennessee Star. December 4th, 2020.

66. “To Fix the Fed, We Need True Monetary Rules,” (with Peter J. Boettke and Alexander W. Salter). The Hill. November 23rd, 2020.

65. “Don’t Hate the Chains: Corporate Stores Pave the Way for Local Economic Growth with Job Creation, Business Development,” Nashville Business Journal. August

       11th, 2020.

64. “Keep Federal Hands Out of Our Local Purse,” PERI Commentary. May 28th, 2020.

63. “Carnival Barkers: A Hard Lesson on Why Fiscal Responsibility Matters,” PERI Commentary. May 19th, 2020.

62. “Careless Acts of Corruption: Disaster Relief Continually Falls into the Wrong Hands,” PERI Commentary. May 1st, 2020.

61. “Crisis Economics: Price Gouging Laws Perpetuate the Hoarding of Goods and Create Shortages,” Nashville Business Journal. April 17th, 2020.

60. “In a Disaster or Crisis, Cut the Red Tape,” (with Brian Delaney), PERI Commentary. April 15th, 2020.

59. “Lessons Learned in Disaster Recovery Show How the Private Sector Shines in Recovery Efforts,” (with Brian Delaney). PERI Commentary. March 17th, 2020.

58. “Protecting Free Speech on Campus,” Beacon Center of Tennessee. October 25th, 2018.

57. “Seeking Better Policy for the Retirement Systems of Alabama,” AL.com. September 7th, 2016.

56. “The Real Reason Why I’m an Economist,AL.com. August 2nd, 2016.

55. “Here’s Why Politicians Trying to Kill Alabama’s Payday Loan Industry are Misguided” (with Christy A. Bronson), Yellowhammer News. June 29th, 2016.*

54. “Further Reforms are Needed for the Retirement Systems of Alabama,” AL.com. May 23rd, 2016.

53. “Here’s How Much Money Alabama’s Corruption Epidemic Took out of Your Pocket This Year,” Yellowhammer News. May 19th, 2016.

52. “Unfunded Liabilities in Alabama’s Pension System Have Increased 500% since 2003. It’s Time for Reform,” Yellowhammer News. March 17th, 2016.

51. “Alabama’s Income Tax is Inhibiting Economic Growth, Should Be Eliminated,” Yellowhammer News. January 20th, 2016. 

50. “Liberal Faculties Nationwide are Blocking Students from Well-Rounded Education,” Yellowhammer News. January 11th, 2016.

       Reprinted in The Daily Caller (January 18th, 2016).

49. “2016 Could Be a Breakout Year for Alabama’s Economy” (with Stephen C. Miller). AL.com. December 28th, 2015.

       Reprinted in The Montgomery Independent (December 31st, 2015).

48. “The Government isn’t Santa Claus,” Yellowhammer News. December 9th, 2015.

47. “Democratic Candidates’ ‘Free College’ Plans Will Leave Both Students and Taxpayers Worse Off” (with Sean P. Alvarez), Yellowhammer News. November 9, 2015.*

46. “Alabama Chooses Liquor Stores Over Driver’s License Offices,” Yellowhammer News. October 16th, 2015.

45. “Immigration Restriction is a Red Herring ‘Solution’ to Poverty,” The Daily Caller. September 8th, 2015.

44. “Incentives Don’t Make Sense, Economically or Morally,” AL.com. September 2nd, 2015.

43. “Birmingham’s Minimum Wage Hike is Off-Target and Will Harm Those It Seeks to Help,” Yellowhammer News. August 19th, 2015.

42. “Hunting Plays a Vital Role in Preservation of Big Game and Endangered Species” (with Stephen C. Miller), Yellowhammer News. August 13th, 2015.

41. “Alabamians Shouldn’t be Duped by the Narrative That There’s Nothing Left in Government to Cut,” Yellowhammer News. August 11th, 2015.

40. “RSA is a Poor Stewart of Our Retirement Resources,” AL.com. July 29th, 2015.

39. “It’s Time for Birmingham to Drive Uber Plans Forward” (with Olivia Melton), Birmingham Business Journal. July 24th, 2015.*

38. “Like Those Charcoal Briquettes You Bought for Your July 4th BBQ? Thank Henry Ford,IJReview. July 4th, 2015.

37. “Let’s Bust the Myth that Raising Taxes Will Stimulate Alabama’s Economy,Yellowhammer News. June 19th, 2015.

36. “Are Washington’s Big Government Habits Rubbing Off On Alabama?,” Yellowhammer News. June 4th, 2015.

35. “Grade Inflation Has Distorted Higher Education,” Investor’s Business Daily. May 19th, 2015.

34. “Alabama Taxpayers Should Not be Duped by Modern ‘Bootleggers & Baptists.’” Yellowhammer News. May 11th, 2015.

33. “Cut Corporate Welfare, Lower Taxes for All Businesses.” Yellowhammer News. April 15th, 2015.

32. “Filthy Stinking Profits: Entrepreneurs Have a Nose for Potential” (with Zac Thompson), The Freeman. March 18th, 2015.*

31. “I Dare Defend My Rights to Growlers and Pints,” AL.com. March 16th, 2015.

30. “If Alabama Leaders Want to Raise Revenue, They Should Cut Taxes,” Yellowhammer News. March 9th, 2015.

29. “Price Gouging Laws Hurt Consumers,” Birmingham Business Journal. March 5th, 2015.

28. “It’s Time for Alabama Leaders to Cut Spending,” AL.com. February 20th, 2015.

27. “Lack of Economic Freedom Holds Alabama Back,” Montgomery Advertiser. February 18, 2015.

26. “Fix Tax System, Don’t Raise Them,” Birmingham Business Journal. February 13th, 2015.

25. “Restrictions on Payday Lending are Unfair and Harmful to Borrowers,” AL.com. February 6th, 2015.

24. “Income Inequality May Actually Be Good News” (with Rachel H. Freeman), AL.com. February 6th, 2015.*

23. “Economic Freedom Key to State’s Growth,” The Montgomery Advertiser. January 2nd, 2015.

22. “From Airbags to Detergents, Competition Can Help Reduce Recalls,” AL.com. November 20th, 2014.

21. “Privatizing Could Boost School Funding,” Montgomery Advertiser. October 2nd, 2014.

20. “High Public Employment Hurts State’s Economy,” Montgomery Advertiser. September 11th, 2014.

19. “Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts Workers,” Montgomery Advertiser. May 7th, 2014.

18. “Let Alabamians Get to Work: Occupational Licensing Restricts Job Choice and Mobility,” AL.com. April 21st, 2014.

17. “Frank Woolworth and the Minimum Wage” (with Zac Thompson), The Freeman. April 7th, 2014.*

       Reprinted in the Panama City News Herald (April 13th, 2014).

16. “Lobbying a Critical Skill in Today’s Crony Economy,” Investor’s Business Daily. February 24th, 2014.

15. “Damage Control: Improper Uses of Disaster Aid Follow Like Day to Night” (with Laura Grube), The Freeman. February 14th, 2014.**

14. “The Myth of Wage Stagnation,” CNBC.com. January 29th, 2014.

13. “Health Website Woes are only the Beginning,” Montgomery Advertiser. December 19th, 2013.

12. “Michiganians Need Direct Access to Physical Therapy,” The Detroit News. October 16th, 2013. 

11. “Reform Needed to Restore Economic Freedom,” Montgomery Advertiser. August 2nd, 2013.

10. “Lessons in Disaster Recovery” (with Laura Grube), The Freeman. June 10th, 2013.**

9. “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Homebrewing,The Birmingham News. May 2nd, 2012.

8. “Tornado Recovery: How Joplin Is Beating Tuscaloosa,” (with David Beito), Wall Street Journal. April 14th, 2012.

7. “The ‘Show Me State’ Offers a Lesson on Disaster Recovery” (with Daniel Sutter), The Jefferson City News Tribune. April 13th, 2012.

6. “How to Expand Birth Control Access,” Iowa Gazette. March 21st, 2012. 

5. “Being Tough on Immigration is Tough on Economic Growth” (with Scott A. Beaulier and Darrick C. Luke), The Freeman 62(1) January/February 2012: 6-8.**

4. “Alcohol Sales May Improve Safety,” Troy Messenger. September 22nd, 2011.

3. “The Law Merchant and International Trade” (with Peter T. Leeson), The Freeman 61(4) May 2011: 34-37.

2. “Survey 2007: School Support Service Privatization Rises” (with Michael LaFaive), Viewpoint on Public Issues No. 2007-25, September 4th, 2007.     

1. “Survey: School Outsourcing Grows” (with Michael LaFaive), Viewpoint on Public Issues No. 2005-22, August 1st, 2005.

      Reprinted in Michigan Privatization Report 05(1) 2005: 4.