From today’s WSJ editorial “Red Tape Record Breakers“: “For two decades, Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has tracked the growth of new federal regulations. In his 20th anniversary edition to be released tomorrow, he’ll report [the following] ……. … read more
Alex Tabarrok has argued that patent law should be stronger in business sectors where there are high “innovation-to-imitation costs” such as pharmaceuticals and weaker where costs are lower, such as software. Tabarrok: So, pharmaceuticals are really the classic case of where the … read more
I’ve argued that tight monetary policy in 2008 turned what may have been a slowdown or mild downturn into the Great Recession. In other words, a minor replay of the Great Depression/Contraction. But that is a separate issue from what … read more
First, when controlling for all the factors that influence pay, such as work experience, the number of hours worked per week, and so on, the raw gender pay gap almost disappears. read more
Center-right policy wonks focus a lot on tax reform. And certainly small business owners and entrepreneurs care how much government takes. But Nathan Allen and Sander Daniels of Thumbtack.com say the firm’s recent survey makes it clear ”professional licensing and permitting … read more
The world has pumped roughly 100 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere over the past decade. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at global temperatures. The Economist, in a piece titled “Apocalypse Perhaps a Little Later,” quotes NASA’s James … read more
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke isn’t just a central banker, he’s a banking supervisor and regulator. And in that role, he said something very interesting Wednesday. While acknowledging that markets “to some extent” now think it more likely government would … read more
Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher last weekend took his crusade against Too Big To Fail banks to the Conservative Political Action Conference: A dozen megabanks today control almost 70 percent of the assets in the U.S. banking industry. The concentration … read more
Our friends at the American Action Forum highlight the regulatory wave of the past four years: On paper, or at least in the editorial pages, 2012 was supposed to be a year of deregulation. President Obama’s regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, wrote that … read more
FHA/HUD was not an innocent bystander. It was the arsonist in the Great Housing Conflagration of 2006-2011, responsible for the greatest wealth destruction in modern history. read more
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