Emily Skarbek & David Skarbek

Emily C. Skarbek is director of MyGovCost.org, a project of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. David Skarbek is the Searle visiting assistant professor of Political Science at Duke University.

  • It's Time to Get Rid of FEMA

    Disaster expenditures are determined by whether the states affected are important to the president's reelection and local representatives are members of oversight committees

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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