Topic: Regulation

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Why Does Child Care in Massachusetts Cost Four Times What it Does in Mississippi?

– February 28, 2019

In the discussion of the nation’s problem with child care costs, a crucial factor has gone mostly unmentioned. This is one of the most regulated industries. These regulations are driving up costs. Adding more government control of the industry risks making a bad situation even worse.

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Lobbying Is Like Robbing a Record Store

– February 26, 2019

Society is worse off to the tune of what these firms would have produced had they actually devoted those resources to creating wealth rather than simply redistributing it.

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The High Cost of Regulating Child Care

– February 22, 2019

Even the most well-intentioned top-down regulation of child care will inevitably increase its costs and likely stifle innovation while having limited impact on the ultimate quality of the care provided.

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The Nightmare Fairyland of the Green New Dealers

– February 18, 2019

If the Green New Dealers have their way, the interventionist state will be taken to an entirely new and more destructive level as one great plan for global salvation is imposed on everyone, everywhere, with no avenues of escape in our age of electronic Big Brother surveillance and control.

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The Childcare Shortage Is Not a Mystery

– February 10, 2019

Daycare for all is a great idea. A new government program is the worst possible way to get there.

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Lighthouses Were Always Private, Until Government Took Them Over

– February 6, 2019

There was nothing inherent to the lighthouse that made it a public good. It was a public good because government regulation made it so.

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How A Super Bowl Ad Could Help Unravel Government Farm Subsidies

– February 5, 2019

Super Bowl commercials are one of the last bastions of truly mass media – where a 30-second spot can start a national conversation. The ads from Anheuser-Busch alleging that its competitors Coors Light and Miller Lite use corn syrup while it does not just might be a moment that gets people talking about government’s role in agriculture.

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Beyond the Size of Government

– February 5, 2019

People favor expansive government for different reasons and will want that government to do very different things, depending on their ultimate beliefs. Those beliefs will also typically lead them to support a government that is active in one area but not others.

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Regulation Issue

– February 4, 2019

The Harwood Economic Review, Winter 2019

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These Shutdowns Devastate the Credibility of Government

– February 1, 2019

The problem is not a single program or regulation. It’s the complete paradigm of a state that knows no limits to its power. That paradigm has gradually faded. Another will take its place. 

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The Downsides and Dangers of Mission Making

– January 29, 2019

Mission making turns economic decision-making into a political conflict of interest groups possessing bargaining power in the halls of government to determine what gets done, in what ways, and for whose benefit.

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The Real Problem Is the Politicization of Everything

– January 28, 2019

To regain civility in human interactions and finally treat other human beings as human beings again, we would do well to get politics out of human affairs.

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