Continuing a principled approach to antitrust

Jennifer Huddleston on July 30, 2020.

While concerns about potentially anticompetitive behavior may exist, any enforcement efforts should focus on competition related issues and apply the objective consumer welfare standard rather than seeking to politicize antitrust or use it for policy goals to which it is ill-suited…

Read this article

The rise of Zoom shows competition is far from ‘dead’ in tech

Neil Chilson on July 30, 2020.

…amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 virus, the online communication and social media sectors appear vibrant, competitive and innovative…

Read this article

COVID-19 has illuminated regulations that hold entrepreneurs back

Adam Thierer and Trace Mitchell on July 26, 2020.

Governments are finally getting serious about cleaning up some of their most outdated, unnecessary or stifling regulations, many of which seem to have hindered our response…

Read this article

Smart regulatory reform is an achievable goal ― Idaho has shown the way

Daniel Ortner on July 21, 2020.

Regulatory inertia is not inevitable. Just look at Idaho, which has taken the lead in showing that reducing unnecessary regulation and limiting government power are achievable goals…

Read this article

The crystal ball of antitrust regulators is cracked

Adam Thierer and Trace Mitchell on July 21, 2020.

Many observers notice the size of [Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google] and struggle to imagine how they might ever face meaningful competition in the absence of government intervention. But history provides us with some much-needed perspective on how fast things can change in the modern tech economy…

Read this article

Trump to put new environmental review rules into force

Timothy Puko on July 15, 2020.

President Trump said Wednesday that his administration has completed its update to the National Environmental Policy Act, including changes that will mandate deadlines for completing environmental reviews…

Read this article

Constructing a more constitutional administrative state

Adam J. White on July 9, 2020.

Last week, the Supreme Court concluded that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s novel structure and independence is unconstitutional. The agency generally remains intact, wielding powers barely limited by statutes or Congress’s power of the purse, but…

Read this article

Senate Republicans introduce legislation to rid ‘burdensome’ regulations

Courtney Bublé on July 8, 2020.

A group of Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Wednesday that would create an annual process to eliminate regulations deemed duplicative, burdensome or outdated…

Read this article

Unclear regulations stymie digital asset innovation, lawyers say

Keith Lewis on June 30, 2020.

Would-be financial technology innovators are shying away from digital assets because of the cost to comply with, or risk of drawing the ire of, U.S. regulators, according to securities law practitioners tracking financial technology…

Read this article

Less red tape, more local entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment: the path to recovery

Simeon Djankov, Dorina Georgieva and Hibret Maemir on June 24. 2020.

Fiscal crises such as the one spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic motivate regulatory reform, which in turn can speed up the economic recovery. Past evidence suggests that this acceleration takes place through two main channels: new local entrepreneurship and increased foreign direct investment (FDI)…

Read this article