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  • December 22, 2014 — Immigration as political theaterChicago Tribune — Benjamin Powell discusses the modest changes enacted and the possible economic consequences of President Obama's executive order on immigration. This op-ed also ran in several other newspapers nationwide.
  • November 12, 2014 — Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin WallHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses institutional reform supportive of economic freedom and economic progress that has taken place in central and eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • October 13, 2014 — The Future of Hong Kong's Freedom?Huffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses the recent student protests in light of the potential impact of democratic reforms on the level of economic freedom in Hong Kong.
  • August 26, 2014 — Market Forces Should Regulate SmokingHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses the economic aspects of the proposed smoking ban in Lubbock.
  • August 15, 2014 — Market Basket's Forgotten CustomersHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell addresses the recent media coverage of worker strikes at Market Basket distribution centers emphasizing that the primary responsibility of for-profit businesses is to satisfy the demands of consumers, not workers.
  • August 15, 2014 — Citibank's $7 billion 'settlement'The Hill — Edward Stringham discusses the implications of Citibank's recent settlement with the Department of Justice and the unintended consequences of affordable housing policies.
  • July 30, 2014 — Plain packaging is a losing strategy in the fight against smokingCity A.M. — Edward Stringham discusses the economic impacts and potential unintended consequences of efforts to impose plain packaging regulations on cigarette manufacturers.
  • July 29, 2014 — Children at the Border Are Not a Crisis for AmericansHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell weighs in on the debate surrounding the ongoing migration of children from Latin America to the southwest border of the United States.
  • June 30, 2014 — Powell: Setting realistic prices could help cities conserve waterLubbock Avalanche-Journal — The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ran Benjamin Powell's recent op-ed on the public management of scarce water resources.
  • June 20, 2014 — Water: The Price is WrongHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses the economic implications of public management and the advantages that market forces provide in the allocation of scarce water resources.
  • May 30, 2014 — Celebrate ImportsHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses the importance of international trade to global prosperity following the celebration of World Trade Week, which concluded on May 24.
  • April 23, 2014 — Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year RetrospectiveHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell discusses the continued calls for stricter safety regulations for garment factories within the broader context of worker productivity, wages and living standards in Bangladesh.
  • April 19, 2014 — Movilidad en el Ingreso y Políticas PúblicasDiario AltavozDiario Altavoz published a Spanish translation of Benjamin Powell's op-ed titled "Government Policies Harm Income Mobility," originally published on March 4, 2014 by Huffington Post.
  • April 4, 2014 — Powell: Affording Tesla the freedom to failThe Washington Times — Benjamin Powell shares his perspective on the recent media coverage of state-level bans on direct sales of automobiles to consumers.
  • March 4, 2014 — Policies Harm Income MobilityHuffington Post — Benjamin Powell responds to the recent political focus on issues related to income inequality and upward mobility in the United States.

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