Mercatus Center

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

Stewart Dompe
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?

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
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

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.

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