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  • Policy Circle 4th Annual Leadership Summit Coming to Chicago

    September 12, 2019
    There are a lot of useful conferences, meetings, and conventions that fill our calendars, and one that we're especially looking forward to this year is the Policy Circle’s 4th Annual Leadership Summit in Chicago. The Policy Circle is a non-profit organization committed to advancing women’s leadership through expanding knowledge of public policy, and they've got some excellent speakers lined up.
  • Automaker Antitrust Investigation Wrong Way to Fight Cartels

    September 12, 2019
    Cartels need government support because they contain the seeds of their own destruction. Self-interested companies acting selfishly naturally undo their own cartels.
  • Lead State in Big Tech Antitrust Suit Misleadingly Inflates Google’s Size

    September 11, 2019
    In The Wall Street Journal today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is spearheading a multistate antitrust investigation into Google, made an egregious error.
  • Unleash Markets to Reduce Traffic Congestion

    September 11, 2019
    Congestion is a persistent and growing problem facing America’s road networks. The challenge facing policy makers is how to address this growing problem. Given that traffic congestion is inherently a local phenomenon, the federal government has a limited set of tools to address it.
  • Getting My Bearings in Taipei: Personally and Politically

    September 11, 2019
    Key Insight of the Day: While not every aspect of life in Taiwan is dominated by the relationship with the People’s Republic of China, every policy conversation will come around to the topic quickly.
  • California to Eliminate Independent Work 

    September 11, 2019
    Late Tuesday evening, the California legislature passed controversial legislation that would codify a state Supreme Court decision, which adopted a flawed test that effectively prohibits companies from doing business with independent contractors and restricts individuals’ ability to earn a living as an independent contractor.
  • Reform Proposal Addresses Cronyism in Government-Backed Mortgages

    September 11, 2019
    Earlier this year, the Trump administration issued an executive memorandum directing the Department of the Treasury to “develop a plan for administrative and legislative reforms” of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) at the core of the 2008 housing crisis. Specifically, the memo emphasized that such proposed reforms should focus on “facilitating competition in the housing finance market.”
  • Sharing Insights and Observations from the Road: A Travelogue

    September 11, 2019
    This week I’m in Taiwan as a part of a delegation of free-market trade experts. I’ll write short posts for the Competitive Enterprise Institute team to review and share here on OpenMarket. If it goes well, we’ll experiment with adding regular posts whenever I travel on behalf of CEI.
  • Unknown Societal Costs of Imposing Regulation Based on Secret (or Creatively Leveraged) Data

    September 11, 2019
    From the food pyramid and dietary guidelines, to vaping policies, to the Progressive zeal for eugenics, humility-challenged administrative experts can be mistaken, can mislead, or worse.
  • Trump Administration Pushes Back on California's Fuel Economy Scheming

    September 10, 2019
    Since at least March 2018, the Trump administration and the state of California have been engaged in a legal and political struggle over the stringency of motor vehicle fuel economy standards and, more importantly, the legality of California’s power to set and enforce such standards. Last week the Trump administration opened two new fronts in this contest of wills and war of words.

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