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About the Author

Thomas E. Hall is a Professor of Economics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he teaches classes on macroeconomics, business cycles, and the Great Depression. He received his BA from the University of Colorado, and his MA and PhD degrees from the University of California – Santa Barbara. He has written several articles in applied macroeconomics, and authored Business Cycles: The Nature and Causes of Economic Fluctuations; The Great Depression: An International Disaster of Perverse Economic Policies (with J.D. Ferguson); The Rotten Fruits of Economic Controls and the Rise From the Ashes, 1965-1989.

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  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (September 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939709385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939709387
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas E. Hall was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the suburb of Royal Oak. He attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate, and was a graduate student at the University of California - Santa Barbara where he received his MA and PhD in Economics. He has been an economics professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio since 1982 and teaches classes on macroeconomics, business cycles, and the Great Depression. He has written several articles in applied macroeconomics, and authored Business Cycles: The Nature and Causes of Economic Fluctuations (Praeger, 1990); The Great Depression: An International Disaster of Perverse Economic Policies (University of Michigan Press, 1998, with J.D. Ferguson); The Rotten Fruits of Economic Controls and the Rise From the Ashes, 1965-1989 (University Press of America, 2003); Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies (Cato Institute, forthcoming 2014). In addition, he has written two novels, The Quadrangle (2003) and Tapper Jones (2013). He lives in Wyoming, Ohio with his wife Chris. They have one adult son.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jbdmd on February 15, 2015
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Excellent review of unintended consequences using examples of laws that reached (and reach) far beyond the authors' intentions. Hall's choices of the income tax, minimum wage, cigarette taxes and prohibition are all succinct and yet very well referenced. The first three also underscore how underlying philosophy can override facts and intelligence while providing demagogic fodder for political canons. Buy several and give them to your friends concerned with "fairness", "social justice", a "living wage" and "the public good". Of course, one must wonder, with several of today's policy issues: Are the negative consequences truly unintended. After all....."Never let a crisis go to waste". Hopefully the rate of obesity will not go up once the chocolate ration is increased.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By paul daniels on November 6, 2014
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Execellent for seeing how things really are and turn out! I am sharing it with my daughter. Paul Daniels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 13, 2015
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To bad our politicians don't consider unintended consequences. If they would it can help them from repeating the same mistakes of the past. Nothing that comes out of the mouth of the democratic party is even a new idea. They only know how repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Think about it!
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Thomas Hall does excellent work in exposing the damaging results of ill-conceived policies regarding the income tax, minimum wage, cigarette tax, and alcohol prohibition. He describes how policies that began in regulating certain groups or products afterwards expanded over a long period of time to unpredictably (or predictably to those familiar with sound economics) to affect other areas of society. The book shows that policymakers cannot and do not have the necessary knowledge to control society's vices or promote economic progress, and the best thing that lawmakers can do is leave people alone to live their lives as they best can. Neither society nor the free market are perfect, but spending millions of dollars to put millions of people in prison for vices is disastrous public policy. Indeed, not very friendly to the public.
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By Mark Sutter on August 14, 2015
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It was nice to have a collection of government boondoggles all in one place but if you're much of a history buff you probably won't learn much that you didn't already know. There were plenty of facts and graphs to back up the author's point of view which may help you if you have to argue any of the points. Overall, it was a quick read and somewhat informative.
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