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The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change

Christopher Koopman
December 8, 2014

This research paper, published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in December 2014, examines the economic and societal effects of the rise of the “sharing economy,” defined by the au

Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard: Where Are the Real Savings?

Robert J. Michaels
December 10, 2014

Ohio’s energy efficiency resource standard requires regulated utilities to meet a schedule of reductions in customer energy consumption culminating in a 22 percent reduction by 2025.

Regulating through the Back Door at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

November 7, 2014

This working paper, published by Mercatus Center at George Mason University Financial Markets Working Group program director Hester Peirce, examines the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC

Takings and Tax Revenue: Fiscal Impacts of Eminent Domain

Carrie B. Kerekes
October 13, 2014

Supporters of local governments’ eminent domain policies often claim that takings of private property will lead to lead to higher levels of tax revenue for government.

Curbing the Surge in Year-End Federal Government Spending: Reforming ‘Use It or Lose It’ Rules

Jason J. Fichtner
September 30, 2014

“Use it or lose it,” a term applied to the phenomenon of government agencies’ spending sprees prior to the conclusion of the fiscal year, in hopes of warding off future budget cuts.

Regulation of Platform Markets in Transportation

October 19, 2014

This policy brief, published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, explores some of the policy implications surrounding the relaxation of municipalities' taxi regulations.

How Often Do Cities Mandate Smart Growth or Green Building?

Michael Lewyn, Kristoffer Jackson
October 21, 2014

This paper addresses the frequency with which cities impose land use regulations to coerce environmentally friendly development?

How Often Do Cities Mandate Smart Growth or Green Building?

Michael Lewyn
October 21, 2014

This working paper, authored by Touro College’s Jacob D.

Do Certificate-of-Need Laws Increase Indigent Care?

Thomas Stratmann and Jacob W. Russ
July 15, 2014

Many states have certificate-of-need regulations, which prohibit hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical centers from entering new markets or making changes to the existing capa

The Federal Reserve’s Exit Strategy: Looming Inflation or Controllable Overhang?

September 16, 2014

In this paper, San Jose State University economics professor Jeffery Rogers Hummel discusses why fears of interest-rate inflation, caused by the Federal Reserve’s plan to retreat from years of quan

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