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OpenMarket: December 2019

  • Best Books of 2019: Year of Vindication for Mother of George Washington

    December 31, 2019
    August 25 of this past year was the 230th anniversary of the death of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of the first president of the United States. Her life was extraordinary, as she lived into her 80s, seeing her son George lead the Continental Army to victory against Great Britain in the Revolutionary War and then become the nation’s first President in 1789.
  • How Much Federal Regulation Was There in 2019?

    December 31, 2019
    Happy New Year, everyone. Now that 2019 is in the books, we have some data on how much new regulation hit the books. Note that these numbers are preliminary and might change. The source for most of the numbers is Federal Register.gov. The page numbers counts are taken from the Federal Register’s daily digest email. Wayne Crews’ Ten Thousand Commandments also has abundant data.
  • Best Books of 2019: In Defense of Openness

    December 31, 2019
    Most policy proposals for fighting poverty are zero-sum. The best way to help the poor, the argument goes, is to take from the rich. Van de Vossen and Brennan argue instead for positive-sum policies, which make everyone better off. Why keep the pie the same size, when it could grow instead?
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 30, 2019

    Federal workers got a three-day week as a Christmas present this year. Agencies still put out 323 notices, 50 proposed regulations, and 1,342 Federal Register pages. Just two more Federal Register editions remain in 2019. New final regulations for the week range from guaranteed housing loans to mercury management fees.

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  • Best Books of 2019: Alienated America by Tim Carney

    December 30, 2019
    Tim Carney’s new book on social alienation and U.S. politics, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, raises the bar for Trump-era political analysis. Building on recent research on economics and civic life from various sources, Carney presents an incisive analysis of The Donald’s 2016 campaign that redefines who supported the 45th president and why.
  • California's New Privacy Law Will Harm Consumers and Innovation

    December 30, 2019
    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect January 1, 2020. The law requires companies of a certain size that collect information on customers in the golden state to disclose data collection practices and delete information on demand. It also empowers users of qualifying websites to opt out of large swaths of the online data activity
  • Best Books of 2019: Big Business by Tyler Cowen

    December 30, 2019
    Cowen argues that most people underestimate the amount of good that big businesses do. They make possible affordable communications, books, culture and art (and the supplies needed to make them), transportation that expands employment options for workers, safe and diverse food supplies, architecture, and more.
  • Year in Review 2019: Climate Policy

    December 27, 2019
    The Trump administration this year continued to dismantle key components of President Obama’s climate policy “legacy.”
  • Best Books of 2019: Humanomics by Vernon Smith and Bart Wilson

    December 27, 2019
    Smith and Wilson combine insights from their experimental economics research with insights about human character from Adam Smith’s "Wealth of Nations" and especially his 1759 book "The Theory of Moral Sentiments."
  • Best Books of 2019: Expert Failure by Roger Koppl

    December 26, 2019
    Koppl uses the role of experts to explain the difference between approaching social problems from the top down versus from the bottom up. Koppl defines an expert as anyone who is paid for their opinion. This is not tied to any credential, degree, affiliation, or any objective measure of knowledge. If someone sees fit to pay you for your opinion on something, you’re an expert on that something.

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