Mercatus Center

The Political Roots of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates

Douglas Webber and James Bailey
May 29, 2014

A large body of literature has attempted to evaluate the effect of mandates on health, health insurance, and the labor market.

Permissionless Innovation:The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom

Adam Thierer
March 25, 2014

Adam Thierer asks the question, "Must the creators of new technologies seek the blessing of public officials before they develop and deploy their new innovations?" His work examines the merits of p

The Economic Situation: A Quarterly Commentary

Bruce Yandle
December 11, 2013

In this analysis, Bruce Yandel examines the American Market.

Medicaid Overview

Jason J. Fichtner, and John Pulito
December 11, 2013

In this policy review, the authors note that the Medicare program, Medicaid was signed into law under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers

Jerry Brito and Andrea Castillo
August 9, 2013

As the world’s first decentralized digital currency, Bitcoin has the potential to revolutionize online payments systems in a way that benefits consumers and businesses.

The Federal Reserve's Expanding Regulatory Authority Initiated by Dodd-Frank

November 13, 2013

odd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) significantly expanded the regulatory authority of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (the Board) over banking institutions

Rethinking Which Accounts Qualify For Deposit Insurance

June 18, 2013

The FDIC can streamline its operations and promote a more stable financial sector by correctly identifying which funds should qualify for insurance.

How Well Do Federal Agencies Use Regulatory Impact Analysis?

Jerry Ellig, and James Broughel
July 16, 2013

For more than three decades, presidents have instructed executive branch agencies to use the results of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIAs) when deciding whether and how to regulate.

A History of Cronyism and Capture in the Information Technology Sector

Adam Thierer, and Brent Skorup
July 16, 2013

In this working paper, the authors write that the evolution of government-granted privileges, or “cronyism,” in the information and communications technology marketplace and in the media

Modeling State Credit Risks in Illinois and Indiana

Marc Joffe
July 1, 2013
The author uses an open-source budget-simulation model to evaluate Illinois’s credit risk and to compare it to tha
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