Capitol Hill Campus

Capitol Hill Campus

Capitol Hill Campus brings faculty and accessible academic research to policy makers and makes scholars aware of policy makers’ needs for relevant analysis of public policy problems.  Through timely and relevant educational programs and continuing legal education opportunities on Capitol Hill, as well as one-on-one consultations with expert faculty members, Mercatus provides policy makers with sound, market-based ideas to inform their decisions.

Videos

Bruce Yandle | October 10, 2014
What do GDP reports really tell us? What does economic freedom have to do with job growth? This presentation: Examines GDP data and the implications for the years ahead; Reviews economic indicators; Looks at unemployment numbers across the fifty states; and Discusses US manufacturing performance.
Matthew Mitchell | May 13, 2014
Dr. Matthew Mitchell hosted a Capitol Hill Campus program exploring special interests in the United States.
Tom W. Bell | May 09, 2014
Free and prosperous societies respect property rights. But do copyrights really qualify for the same respect afforded to houses, cars, and computers? Recent legislative trends suggest that lawmakers have been misled by the rhetoric of property to make copyright more and more powerful. This trend has thrown public policy out of balance, discouraged innovation, and harmed consumers. Rather than a form of property, lawmakers should regard copyrights as government-granted privileges that threaten our natural and common law rights and that, when taken too far, make worthy targets for reform. http://mercatus.org/events/intellectual-privilege-copyright-common-law-and-common-good…
Jason J. Fichtner | April 15, 2014
What is the cost of waiting yet another year to begin addressing the nation's looming budget crisis? This presentation: Compares the FY 2015 budget proposals; Reviews the most current information on the largest entitlements' financial status; Considers the best options for economically successful and sustainable tax reform; and discusses the need for budget process reform.
David R. Henderson | February 18, 2014
Is today’s political climate too toxic to reduce spending? Does divided government make it impossible to make substantial cuts?
Bruce Yandle | December 12, 2013
Where is the U.S. economy headed and why is it operating so slowly? As we approach the end of 2013, the economy, as conventionally measured, operates well below its full employment potential. Prospects for GDP growth are improving, but major uncertainty regarding monetary, fiscal, healthcare, immigration, and regulatory policy places many decision makers on the sidelines.

Experts

Bruce Yandle is a distinguished Mercatus Center adjunct professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in public choice, regulation, and free-market environmentalism.
Garett Jones is a senior scholar and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center and an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth.
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.

Podcasts

Bruce Yandle | June 21, 2013
Capitol Hill Campus: Dr. Yandle's Quarterly Economic Report: The Mid Year Economy

Recent Events

Veronique de Rugy | November 13, 2014
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join senior research fellow, Veronique de Rugy, for a discussion about what Washington's handling of the Ex-Im Bank will reveal about its intent to reduce special-interest handouts.
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