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Gor Mkrtchian

Gor Mkrtchian is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He received a B.A. in political science and theater studies from Yale University.

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Abolish Government Schools

EducationCalculation and Knowledge

Blog02/24/2020

Even if it’s true that some wouldn’t be able to afford schooling without government financial assistance, the idea that this necessitates the government creating and running its own schools is a glaring non sequitur.

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Three Bad Arguments for the Minimum Wage

Blog01/04/2020

Many advocates for minimum wage hikes argue that the hikes are good for the businesses themselves. But if that were true, the businesses would happily hike wages.

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Three Ways to Increase Workers' Wages

Labor and Wages

Blog01/01/2020

Many hourly employees in every state are paid higher than they are legally required to be, not because employers are generous, but because of worker productivity and competition over scarce labor.

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The "Public Goods" Excuse for Big Government

Blog09/05/2019

We can't just assume "public goods" like national defense benefit everyone. They come with real costs, and all the "services" that fall under the category of national defense are certainly not of equal use or benefit.

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The Hidden Costs Behind Every Government Program

Blog08/24/2019

Governments love to point to stuff they built with your tax dollars. But they never point to all the destroyed wealth and lost opportunities that result from those same programs and policies. 

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