Winners of the 2017 MVHS Ethics & Economics Challenge Speech Competition

On Friday June 9 E3NE and Merrimack Valley H.S. sponsored the third annual Ethics & Economics Challenge speech competition. Fourteen students took place in the competition, the most ever. The winners of that competition were: First place: Emily Soule, “Why and How to Decriminalize Drugs” Second place: Hannah Gordon, “The Case for Abolishing the Death Penalty” Third place: Justis Brown, […]

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PorcFest Fellowships Now Available!

PorcFest at Night

High school and college students with a verifiable school e-mail address may now apply for E3NE PorcFest Fellowships offering a free ticket to the 2017 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, N.H., June 21-25, 2017. PorcFest is an educational event held at Roger’s Campground and Motel and featuring speakers on topics from economics, philosophy, and public policy to how-tos on schooling, […]

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Whom Does Licensing Protect?

Our Ethics and Economics Challenge program is using a new economics text this year, Common Sense Economics. We learned recently about the reasons why two particular kinds of government regulation — price controls and entry restrictions — are especially likely to cause harm. Price controls cause shortages or surpluses, while entry restrictions reduce competition. One kind of entry restriction is […]

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Cooperation and Leviathan

Last week, I spoke to the Ethics and Economics Challenge students about the Prisoner’s Dilemma. The Prisoner’s Dilemma is a stylized game for two players involving cooperation and defection; we played it with the following rules: Players reveal either a black or a red card simultaneously. Reveal a black card to “push” $0.30 to the other player. Reveal a red […]

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