Does the Government Own the Whole Economy?

Does the Government Own the Whole Economy?

n a recent New York Times op-ed, economist Robert Shiller (coproducer of the famous housing-price index) recommended that the US government begin to sell claims on fractions of Gross Domestic Product. Besides the practical problems with his proposal, it rests on the premise that the US government owns the entire economy. It will be instructive to parse Shiller’s column to see just how badly his collectivist thinking misleads him.

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