Archives: Dr. Roy Cordato

  • Price-gouging laws prevent markets from working during emergencies

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 748: Devastation in Texas linked to Hurricane Harvey and the threat of East Coast damage from Hurricane Irma helped lead to higher prices at N.C. gas pumps. State officials also invoked North Carolina’s price-gouging law. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economist and…

  • Trump tweet misses mark in attacking Amazon

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 747: A recent tweet from President Trump faulted online shopping giant Amazon for its negative impact on local retail business across the country. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economic and resident scholar, explains why Trump’s comments miss the mark. Cordato says the…

  • Hospital association/RTI study: Transforming sickness into economic health

    A report paid for by the N.C. Hospital Association and prepared by the Research Triangle Institute has, from an economics perspective, a number of flaws. Its most outrageous implication, however, is that getting sick is good for the economy. According to a press release from the NCHA, the study concludes North…

  • There’s no such thing as a universal right to health care

    The power to grant a right to health care is the right to deny it. Anyone who doubts the universal truth of this statement need look no further than the case of 11-month-old British citizen Charlie Gard, who had been on life support with a rare brain disease and recently passed. In November,…

  • Report suggests N.C. economy benefits when people get sick

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 737: A new report from the N.C. Hospital Association and Research Triangle Institute appears to suggest that the North Carolina economy benefits when people get sick. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economist, labels this an “outrageous implication.” Cordato questions the economic analysis…

  • Carolina Journal Radio No. 737: Task force to study N.C. school funding

    It has attracted much less attention than other high-profile elements of the N.C. state budget plan, but one provision could have major long-term positive benefits for taxpayers and for public education. The provision creates a Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation’s vice…