Mercatus Center

Removing Roadblocks to Intelligent Vehicles and Driverless Cars

Adam Thierer, Ryan Hagemann
September 15, 2014

While various technical issues remain to be solved, generally the unfettered advancement of intelligent-vehicle technology will result in significant economic and social benefits.

The Biggest Beneficiaries of the Ex-Im Bank

Veronique de Rugy
April 29, 2014

The charter authorizing the US Export-Import Bank, a federally owned export credit corporation, is set to expire on September 30, 2014.

Mercatus on Policy: Sales Taxes and Exemptions

Dr. Thomas Stratmann
August 27, 2014

Contrary to common assumptions held by many legislators, sales tax exemptions may actually lead to higher overall taxes, and less revenue.

Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors

July 28, 2014
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors,” is intended to incre

The Export-Import Bank Assists a Tiny Portion of All US Small Business Jobs and Firms

Veronique de Rugy
July 21, 2014

In an effort to secure the survival of the Export Import Bank, its proponents are 

The US Export-Import Bank: A Review of the Debate over Reauthorization

Veronique de Rugy and Andrea Castillo
July 16, 2014

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)—the federal government’s export-credit agency—faces an uncertain future.

Bottling Up Innovation in Craft Brewing: A Review of the Current Barriers and Challenges

Matthew Mitchell and Christopher Koopman
June 4, 2014

Matthew Mitchell and Christopher Koopman of the Mercatus Center examine the current set of restrictions enforced by states that hinder the growing craft beer industry.

Evaluating Regulatory Reforms: Lessons for Future Reforms

Sherzod Abdukadirov
May 29, 2014
Over the decades, regulatory reforms have sought to increase agency accountability and improve the quality of regulatory analysis and decision-making, with varying success.

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

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