Conservative Economics


Rebooting the American System

The comprehensive, conservative case for a return to robust national economic policy


A Guide to Economic Inequality

| Apr 15, 2021

The data show that American inequality is higher now than at any time since WWII, and the gap is getting wider.

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News & Commentary

Are You Better Off Than You Were Forty Years Ago?

| Jul 19, 2021

MODERN AGE—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses economic shifts over the past 40 years and why economists and policymakers need to embrace a more holistic view of what it means to be “better off.”

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A New Conservatism: Freeing the Right From Free-Market Orthodoxy

| Feb 12, 2021

FOREIGN AFFAIRSAmerican Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses a path forward for conservatism that is no longer bound by free-market orthodoxy.

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When Market Economists Fail

| Oct 12, 2020

CLAREMONT REVIEW OF BOOKS—American Compass’s Oren Cass critiques public choice theory as applied in defense of a libertarian agenda.

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Why Do Libertarians Support User Fees but Not a Family Wage?

| Jul 08, 2021

If there is one thing that libertarians, free-market conservatives, and even many center-left neoliberals agree on, it is the logic of paying for...

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The Once and Future Republican Orthodoxy

| Oct 23, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute has just released a new white paper that defends the CARES Act against arguments from the right. Contra deficit...

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A Trailer in the Country: Working-Class Attitudes about Redistribution

| Jul 27, 2020

At the beginning of a lane of public housing units pink balloons mark the mailbox and a disposable tablecloth flutters in the wind,...

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