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  • 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.
  • Study on Export-Import Bank: Repeal Is Best, Other Reforms Can Help

    September 10, 2019
    The Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization by September 30. It should be shut down, as I’ve pointed out before, but reauthorization will almost certainly pass. Ex-Im was either shut down or sharply limited for nearly five years, from October 2014 until May of this year.
  • Gene Editing Can Improve Health Outcomes for the Poor

    September 9, 2019
    Gene editing, specifically somatic gene therapy, cures maladies with traceable genetic origins. This revolutionary science is rapidly advancing, but not without major setbacks. Regulations designed to protect patients from dangerous applications of gene editing, both real and imaginary, are increasing the cost, slowing development, and preventing life-saving research.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    September 9, 2019
    Contrary to my earlier prediction, the number of new regulations this year did not pass 2,000 last week, ending the four-day week at 1,991. Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian spared Alabama despite fears to the contrary. Brexit drama reached a fever pitch in the UK, the Chinese government signaled a willingness to resume trade talks, and state attorneys general launched an antitrust investigation of Facebook. Rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from patent priorities to general service lamps.

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