Topic: Regulation

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Should You Quit Your Job?

– July 14, 2018

If we freed the market, tight labor markets would be the norm. The beautiful and empowering act of quitting (and moving on to something better) would be an expected feature of professional life.

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Unions and Firms Share the Blame for Montreal’s Traffic Disaster

– July 11, 2018

There’s plenty here to satisfy both union-hating conservatives and progressives decrying corporate greed. But the common element seems to be that friction point where big business or big labor meets big government — you know, the thing endowed with the wealth and power to hand out billions of dollars in contracts?

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The Over-Codification of Financial Regulation

– June 28, 2018

Thomas M. Hoenig warns that regulators are trying to run regulated businesses rather than police them.

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AT&T/Time Warner Decision Casts Doubt on Economic Models in the Courtroom

– June 26, 2018

When you combine the evidentiary standards of the courtroom with the theoretical abstractions of the classroom, things get weird.

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Czarist America Looks to Conquer Crypto

– June 5, 2018

Get ready, crypto community, because the czars are coming for you! On Monday, June 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission appointed Valerie Szczepanik to a new position: “associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance and senior advisor for digital assets and innovation,” known informally as the “crypto czar.”

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Why Your Inbox Is Being Spammed with Privacy-Policy Updates

– May 25, 2018

After two decades of working toward solutions to the problem of email spam, government just caused the worst flurry in years – by mandate.

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Seven Facts About the Financial Crisis

– April 30, 2018

A recent NBER paper calls into question the standard narrative of the financial crisis.

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These Drinking-Age Crackdowns Are Not Helping

– April 25, 2018

The choice between virtue and vice is a human choice. Relying on the government to make this choice for us disables the social order’s internal mechanisms for bringing about and rewarding responsible behavior. It seems like a paradox, but it is true: The only path toward restoring sanity in teenage drinking is greater liberty. Arresting kids and bartenders on the typical Friday evening does nothing to solve the problem and even makes matters worse.

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Government Regulation Causes Prescription Drug Names to Keep Getting Weirder

– April 10, 2018

Bizarre prescription drug names emerge from the perfect storm that can only be created when complex government regulation, big corporations, and high-priced consultants come together.

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Why a War on Guns Wouldn’t Work

– February 16, 2018

The reason I think significantly tighter gun laws would be a fool’s errand can be summed up in four words: the War on Drugs.

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The Real Problem With the DOJ’s Decision to Block the AT&T–Time Warner Merger

– February 15, 2018

If there is one entity this article can definitively criticize, it is the DOJ itself. In both the current AT&T/Time Warner matter and the NBCU/Comcast merger it allowed with numerous conditions in 2011, it relied on economic logic that can be called into question and mathematical models that were intended to formalize broad concepts in an academic setting, not predict the future with enough precision to provide grounds to approve or block multibillion-dollar mergers.

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More Guns, Less Crime?

– February 7, 2018

What makes More Guns, Less Crime special is Lott’s uncanny ability to weave economic concepts with gun policy. The power of this text lies in its ability to make any economist or casual observer of economics feel at home.

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