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OpenMarket: July 2019

  • VIDEO: Learning the Lessons of Tariffs and Trade

    July 3, 2019
    Our friends at the Adam Smith Society—the Manhattan Institute’s professional association for business students—have hosted some excellent events and presentations over the past few years, including at their 2018 annual meeting. At that event The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O'Grady interviewed Prof. Douglas Irwin about his 2017 book "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy." The event took place in April of last year, but their conversation is still very much relevant to trade debate going on today.
  • Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

    July 2, 2019
    Thanks to everyone here in Washington, D.C. who was able to attend the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s most recent Capitol Hill briefing, The Case Against Carbon Taxes. We hope that everyone found the discussion interesting and informative. My colleague Canyon Brimhall and I wanted to share a few follow-up resources that were highlighted at the event.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week

    July 2, 2019
    Each guidance document might be small, but when there are 13,000 of them per decade, mostly without outside review or accountability, they add up. This week we look at documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Antitrust Basics: Misleading Herfindahl-Hirschman Index

    July 1, 2019
    Market concentration is the most common reason for antitrust intervention. If a company has too large a market share, it can abuse that market power to raise prices, restrict output, and engage in all manner of anti-competitive business practices. A merger that would create a dominant player or significantly reduce the number of competitors is likely to be blocked. But how should market concentration be measured?
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 1, 2019
    The 2019 Federal Register broke 30,000 pages last week, the Democratic presidential candidates had their first debates, and the U.S. and Chinese governments prepared for major trade talks. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from green sea urchins to tall ships.

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