Daniel Sutter

Daniel Sutter is Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.
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Government Spending Cannot Increase National Wealth—Commentary

In 2020 the Federal government started sending checks to many Americans in response to COVID-19. The presumption was that Uncle Sam’s checks would make us better off. But government spending cannot make...

Commentary: Social Media Censorship and the Free Market

James Taylor, president of The Heartland Institute, offers a compelling argument for viewing social media as censorship, a term normally reserved for government. Private individuals and businesses can violate our rights and...

New University Points Way Toward Possible Higher Ed Policy Reforms

Americans have long seen college as a path to a better life and held higher education in high esteem. This is changing rapidly, with a strong political divide emerging. Republicans are now highly...

To Reform Government, Start with the Fed

For centuries pharaohs, emperors, and kings ruled and made average folks do their bidding. The rise of political liberalism changed our conception of power, arguing that governments existed to serve the people....

The NCAA Cartel is Collapsing

By Daniel Sutter The unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in NCAA v. Alston portends change for college sports.  This case involves education-related benefits and is separate from cases about athletes’ “name, image and likeness.”  The...

The Economics of Paying Ransom: Lessons for Cybercrime Policy

The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline by the hacker group DarkSide disrupted gasoline supplies across the Southeast.  The company caused a stir by paying a 75 Bitcoin ransom to DarkSide.  America historically...

Is Inflation Finally Here?

The 12-month change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) exceeded 4% in April for the first time since 2008. Many economists have been predicting inflation following a 25% increase in the money...

New Study Makes Case for Occupational Licensing Reforms

By Daniel Sutter Occupational licensing involves government-imposed requirements for practitioners in different professions or what critics call government permission slips to work. Despite a lack of evidence of benefits to consumers, licensing has...

Can We Afford This Spending?

By Dan Sutter Washington borrowed $4 trillion in 2021, and national debt as a percentage of GDP is higher than at the end of World War II.  And the Biden administration is proposing...

New Perspectives on Inequality

Inequality is one of America’s most contentious issues.  According to a popular narrative, higher taxes on the rich are needed to control growing inequality.  New research from the Johnson Center offers a...

Daniel Sutter

Daniel Sutter is Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.

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