by Jorge Castañeda
There have been approximately 55,000 drug-war-related deaths since Felipe Calerdón took office in Mexico and declared war on the drug cartels. In this paper, former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda argues that the drug war in Mexico was launched on false premises, and suggests an alternative policy approach along three lines: combating violence, not drug trafficking; building a national police and pulling the army back; and fighting for legalization.
by Alex Nowrasteh
Arizona’s immigration laws have hurt its economy. The 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) attempts to force unauthorized immigrants out of the workplace with employee regulations and employer sanctions. The 2010 Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) complements LAWA by granting local police new legal tools to enforce Arizona’s immigration laws outside of the workplace. As a result, employers scale back legal hiring, move out of Arizona, or turn to the informal economy to eliminate a paper trail. States now considering Arizona-style immigration laws should realize that these laws cause significant economic harm.
by Benjamin Zycher
This study examines the prospective economic effects of a reduction below the current baseline in defense outlays of $100 billion per year over 10 years. The author argues that a reduction in defense spending—and in federal spending in total—would reduce as well the economic costs of the excess burden that the tax system imposes upon the economy. A reduction in defense outlays of $100 billion per year can be predicted conservatively to reduce economic costs by a total of $135 billion per year.
Other new research
Still a Protectionist Trade Remedy: The Case for Repealing Section 337
by K. William Watson
The Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private Schools
by Richard Buddin
FREE TRADE BULLETIN
Free Trade and Tobacco: Thank You for Not Smoking (Foreign) Cigarettes
by Simon Lester
by Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas Krus
Volume 35, Number 3, Fall 2012
Cover Story: Moving Markets into the Light
Volume 32, Number 3, Fall 2012
A Tribute to William A. Niskanen