New Immigration Executive Order Still Flawed

President Trump has signed a new executive order temporarily banning all immigration from several majority-Muslim countries. The entire point of the new order is to place his ban on more secure legal footing, but according to Cato scholar David Bier, in several respects, the new order actually undermines the defenses that he has given over the past month.

Curse or Blessing? Institutions and Success in Resource-Rich Economies

Although more than half a century has passed since the creation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its redistributive model of “resource nationalism,” many OPEC countries have not lived up to expectations and have not experienced an acceleration of growth. In general, the results were negative: private investment was crowded out, rent-seeking and corruption increased, and overall productivity fell. In a new paper, Peter Kaznacheev explains how the quality of institutions determines whether natural resource abundance is a blessing or a curse.

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