Regulation

Regulation

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Bruce Yandle | Mar 01, 2013
There was only one lane open as I made my trip to Atlanta; the other three were blocked with those unhappy yellow and black make-believe barrels used by the highway folks. Traffic flow was constrained by efforts to repair potholes and broken pavement. We in the slow lane had little choice in the matter. Instead of 70, we were slowed to 20 miles per hour. We had to accept our fate, or find another route at the next exit.
Adam Thierer | Mar 19, 2012
The problems long associated with regulating public utilities could occur with social networks in the absence of competitive pressure.
Noel D. Johnson, Matthew Mitchell, Steven Yamarik | Jun 28, 2011
In this paper, the authors investigate whether laws restricting fiscal policies across U.S. states lead politicians to regulate more instead.
Daniel M. Rothschild | Jan 18, 2011
This Mercatus on Policy paper shares eleven bold reform ideas that could help states balance their 2012 budgets and avoid boom-and-bust budgeting cycles in the future.
Eileen Norcross | Jan 13, 2011
Fiscal Year 2011 marks Maryland's third year of recession and fifth year of structural deficits. This article highlights how Maryland started on this path of fiscal instability and what the future holds if this trajectory continues.
Veronique de Rugy, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Jun 02, 2010
In May 2009, the federal government forced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford to take his state's share of federal stimulus funds and spend the money on new programs rather than on paying down debt.

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Expert Commentary

Jul 21, 2013

If the various rankings that measure “business friendliness” across the country are any indication, Kentucky is stuck in the economic doldrums. In the most recent edition of CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business,” released earlier this month, the Bluegrass State comes in at No. 36 for the second year in a row. In fact, for the last five years Kentucky placed in the bottom half of most state economic and business rankings.
National Review Online
Jul 17, 2013

In the mid-1980s, about 800 professions were licensed in at least one state. Today, at least 1,100 are, according to the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, a trade group for regulatory bodies. Among the professions licensed by one or more states: florists, interior designers, private detectives, hearing-aid fitters, conveyor-belt operators and retailers of frozen desserts.
By Nita Ghei |
Jul 15, 2013

Wal-Mart swiftly announced the abandonment of plans to open at least three stores in the District of Columbia following a vote by the city council to pass the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which effectively mandated a super minimum wage of $12.50 an hour that applied only to Wal-Mart.
Apr 08, 2013

If you’re finding it harder and harder to live in California, you’re not alone.
Apr 08, 2013

States like California and New York are living off the accumulated capital of past economic freedom. Now that the political tide has turned decisively against economic freedom in those states, they are shedding people and jobs and growing more slowly than the rest of the country. Places like the Dakotas, Carolinas, Oklahoma, and Texas, which have reversed their anti-market policies of the past, represent America’s dynamic economic future.
Apr 05, 2013

People follow jobs, and jobs follow freedom. That's one of the main results from the third and much improved edition of the Mercatus Center's "Freedom in the Fifty States: Index of Personal and Economic Freedom."

Experts

Podcasts

William Ruger | July 08, 2013
William Ruger Discusses Freedom in the 50 States on KDKA

Media Clippings

Matthew Mitchell | Jul 28, 2013
The Governor’s Opportunity Fund — just one of numerous economic-incentive programs operated by the state — is something like a slush fund the governor can use to “secure a business location or expansion project.”…
Eileen Norcross, Matthew Mitchell, | Jul 23, 2013
Detroit reports an unfunded pension liability of $634 million, but using more accurate accounting methods it's closer to $3.5 billion.
Matthew Mitchell | Jul 15, 2013
The scandal threatening McDonnell’s career is the likely outcome when people believe the governor’s job description entails promoting businesses, said Matthew Mitchell, a senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Matthew Mitchell | Jul 11, 2013
[A]s my research has emphasized, privileges lead to a host of economic problems because they undermine competition, encourage wasteful privilege-seeking, and put politicians rather than consumers in charge of allocating capital and resources.
Matthew Mitchell | Jun 17, 2013
"It [an incentive program geared toward a specific company] tends to undermine competition and lead to monopolistic behavior, so that means higher prices for consumers, potentially higher profits for producers,"
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