Don’t Give Us Another Lockdown

Matthew Fienup
Matthew Fienup, Ph.D., is executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Following a surge in confirmed cases of COVID-19, Ventura County last week was pushed back into the state’s most restrictive “purple tier.” Given the county’s poor economic performance before and during the coronavirus pandemic, we shudder at the prospect of a second government-mandated shutdown of the region’s economy. Even before the onset of the coronavirus […]

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Don’t Seize Farmers Water, Let Them Trade It

Matthew Fienup
Matthew Fienup, Ph.D., is executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

As California weathers its fourth straight year of extreme drought, policy makers and their cheerleaders continue to scapegoat California’s agricultural industry. Writing in the Sacramento Bee, economist Christopher Thornberg, for example, refers to the industry as “feckless” and advocates using eminent domain to seize farmers’ water. In truth, the agricultural industry has made ground-breaking efficiency […]

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