Alan Cole

Alan Cole

Washington, D.C.
Alan specializes in economic policy and lives in Washington DC.
Oct
15
Our corporate tax system is our best so far—don’t break it

Our corporate tax system is our best so far—don’t break it

International corporate taxation is a difficult puzzle. The 2017 GOP reform got a lot right.
7 min read
Oct
12
The New York Times addresses our shadow inflation thesis

The New York Times addresses our shadow inflation thesis

Declining service quality means consumers are getting less for their money.
3 min read
Oct
11
Save the magnet schools

Save the magnet schools

Learning is a good thing. If students can do more of it, they should.
8 min read
Oct
04
Republicans won’t help on the debt limit—their voters won’t let them

Republicans won’t help on the debt limit—their voters won’t let them

Democrats have often underrated the deadly sincerity of Republican voters on this issue.
9 min read
Sep
29
These companies are eager to lend you money to shop online

These companies are eager to lend you money to shop online

Buy Now Pay Later companies offer credit to entice you to shop more.
5 min read
Sep
22
How Republicans can fight for their growing blue-collar base

How Republicans can fight for their growing blue-collar base

Construction is a rare intersection of libertarian thought and blue-collar jobs policy.
7 min read
Sep
20
Why Democrats are getting squeamish about taxing the moderately rich

Why Democrats are getting squeamish about taxing the moderately rich

A new breed of Democrat represents a growing high-income demographic.
8 min read
Sep
16
How a key Biden tax idea got crushed

How a key Biden tax idea got crushed

The president was forced to retreat on the key issue of step-up basis
9 min read
Sep
10
The problem with Milton Friedman's idea for student loans

The problem with Milton Friedman's idea for student loans

Income share agreements suffer from a problem called adverse selection.
7 min read
Sep
08
How I reluctantly became an inflation crank

How I reluctantly became an inflation crank

Inflation quality adjustments were always tricky. COVID-19 broke them.
9 min read