Florida Leads the Way on 2020 Occupational Licensing Reforms

Eric Boehm

September 25, 2020

Occupational licensing reform had another big, bipartisan year in state capitols—but no state cut more red tape than Florida.

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EU Proposes Full Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrencies

Paddy Baker

September 24, 2020

The European Commission on Thursday proposed legislation that will turn cryptocurrencies into a regulated financial instrument.

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U.S. Bans Chinese Apps TikTok and WeChat, Citing Security Concerns

Katy Stech Ferek and John D. McKinnon

September 18, 2020

The Trump administration will begin banning downloads and use of popular Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat late Sunday.

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The misguided antitrust attack on big tech

Phil Gramm and Jerry Ellig

September 15, 2020

While there is a long and rich history of using antitrust laws to try to implement policies that proponents can’t enact into law, both parties would be wise to focus on consumer welfare, which has defined recent antitrust jurisprudence.

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Confirmation that regulatory reform provides relief for struggling businesses

Richard Fullenbaum and Tyler Richards

September 14, 2020

A new Mercatus Center study found that regulatory growth over the last 20 years has increased businesses’ operating costs per unit of output by about 3.3 percent each year. As is the case with compound interest, this seemingly modest annual change grew into a hefty burden over time.

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The seasoned qualified mortgage rule needs to be broader to spur innovation

Norbert Michel

September 9, 2020

In context of the CFPB’s new proposal to redefine the general qualified mortgage, it’s doubtful that the new seasoned qualified mortgage will result in very much innovation.

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Top regulator pushes ahead with plan to reshape banking, sparking clash with states

Victoria Guida

August 31, 2020

A federal regulator is moving to offer national charters to companies that provide payments services, escalating a battle with states over whether businesses that don’t take deposits should be given national bank status.

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If we want innovation, companies must be able to rely on patent law to protect their investments

Kristen Osenga

August 28, 2020

Hypercompetitive behavior is exactly what we need and want. It is time to allow antitrust behavior to encourage competition and allow patent law to reward winners of the technology race.

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The measure and mismeasure of rules

Susan Dudley

August 11, 2020

Those of us who study regulation are often reduced to counting pages, numbers of regulations, regulatory restrictions or on-budget costs of regulating…Those who market regulatory policy – whichever direction it is going – to the general public can’t afford to be so dull.

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Continuing a principled approach to antitrust

Jennifer Huddleston

August 3, 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…

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