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Benjamin Powell
Benjamin Powell
Senior Fellow, Independent Institute
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      Benjamin Powell

      Benjamin Powell is an associate professor of economics at Suffolk University in Boston and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute, Oakland, CA.

Increase Housing Supply To Increase Affordability

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco, California June 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tuesday’s vote on San Francisco’s affordable-housing ballot initiatives will do little to make housing more affordable. San Franciscans didn’t vote poorly. There just were no ballot initiatives aimed at cutting back the restrictions that have made the city, and much of the Bay Area, unaffordable for many Americans.

Europe Needs Free Trade, But Not the Euro

3:38 PM 07/31/2015

Will chronic fiscal troubles prompt Greece to leave the Eurozone and possibly the European Union? It’s an urgent question, but it’s even more important for us to acknowledge that the European Union’s problems are not uniquely Greek. Deeper concerns should prompt us to rethink the wisdom of the Eurozone itself.

Time to end our unwinnable drug war

6:08 PM 04/11/2012

The number of annual drug-related deaths in Mexico quadrupled from 2,300 in 2007 to 11,000 in 2010, largely as a result of the Mexican government’s stepped-up enforcement efforts. Those efforts have also increased the number of drug-related deaths in neighboring Guatemala, where many Mexican drug cartels have sought refuge from the Mexican police. Now, the leaders of both countries are saying that the only way to end the violence is to legalize drugs.