Internet wine sales and direct shipment to consumers have generated a significant policy controversy, pitting consumers and wineries against wine wholesalers and officials in states that ban out-of-state direct shipment to consumers.
Constituent complaints about the U.S. health care system are common in congressional offices: rapidly increasing costs, inconvenience, restricted choices and options, and millions of uninsured citizens.
Bruce Yandle is a distinguished adjunct professor of economics with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His primary research interests are public choice, regulation, and free market environmentalism. He is dean emeritus of the Clemson College of Business and Behavioral Sciences.
Garett Jones is a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His primary research interests include 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 federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy issues.
Several key debates this year will focus on the economic impact of federal regulations. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to offer a series of courses designed to help congressional staff better understand the regulatory process. The first course uses examples from newly-minted financial markets regulations to review:
-The stages involved in developing and finalizing a regulation
-How to find and use information about a regulation
-The best tools to help policy makers make the case for or against a change in regulation…
The nation's economy at mid-year is operating like a three-lane expressway with one lane closed. GDP growth is breaking 2.0% when it should be 3.0%. But worse than that, the cars moving in the two open lanes are running on borrowed fuel that will someday have to be paid back.