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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 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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I completely agree with the points made by the author, but as far as the book itself it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know before. If you're someone who doesn't believe that our tax code gave birth to our massively oversized and bloated government, then check it out. If you're someone who doesn't believe that banning or taxing goods leads to a black market which then leads to corruption and violence, then check it out. If you're someone who doesn't believe that imposing a higher cost on labor leads to unemployment, then check it out. However, if you're already aware of these consequences (as I am) then this book doesn't provide much new insight.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jaco7 on December 5, 2014
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This book illustrates why our founders tried to warn us about big liberal government.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Tetzlaff on October 29, 2014
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A great reminder that Politicians are idiots that know nothing of history and keep repeating the same mistakes even with overwhelming evidence that government causes more problems than it solves.
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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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