State & Local

From zoning restrictions to occupational licensing, regulations by state and local governments often have the most direct impact – both positive or negative – on individuals and communities. Given the importance played by these regulations, how can we ensure that their benefits outweigh their costs?

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Regulatory Process

Federal agencies are tasked with implementing the broad, and often vague, goals provided by Congress in legislation and then signed into law by the President. How do agencies follow established regulatory procedures that promote the rule of law and transparency? Where do they depart from such standards?

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Race & Sex

Current law tasks regulatory agencies with a significant role in promoting equality and reducing discrimination in our schools, workplaces, and throughout American society. How can we navigate this emotionally-charged area to identify regulatory actions that haven’t been effective or have had unintended consequences to propose solutions?

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Labor & Employment

The relationship between employer and employee is one of the most familiar associations to everyday Americans. How have these relationships changed over the decades? Have regulations kept pace with the radical transformation technology has brought to this space? In what areas can we improve the regulation of employment relationships?

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Emerging Technology

Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and 5G internet have the potential to improve the standard of living for all of humanity but they also bring unique challenges and risks. How can regulatory oversight appropriately interact with pioneering technologies? Can regulation keep up but avoid stifling progress?

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Intellectual Property

No one knows when the next great inventor or songwriter will appear. What is certain is that modern inventions will continue to need patent protection and that copyright protections will be required for the artistic achievements of the generations to come. How can regulatory policy incentivize or disincentivize new and novel creations?

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Financial Services & Corporate Governance

Perhaps no industry interacts with government policy and regulation more than banking and financial services. As our nation works to build and maintain a sustainable, resilient financial system, we must learn the lessons of the past while encouraging necessary innovation. How can we best navigate these complex issues and identify opportunities for regulatory policy improvement?

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FDA & Health

From food to pharmaceuticals to medical devices, the safety of what is introduced into our bodies is one of our nation’s greatest concerns. The justified importance of food and drug safety to the consumer has led to a vast regulatory framework aimed at protecting Americans from danger, but these regulations often come with a price. What are the benefits and costs of this regulatory system and how can potential improvements better ensure safety while maximizing innovation?

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Enforcement & Agency Coercion

Beyond official rules and regulations, federal agencies sometimes exert influence through unofficial administrative tools. Wielded without the ordinary checks and balances of official actions that lawmakers put in place, these powers can be used to pressure individuals and companies to surrender their rights without due process. What are the real-world examples of agencies using coercive power to affect companies, employees, and consumers and how can these practices be avoided in the future?

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Energy & Environment

Environmental regulations seek to foster the responsible use of our planet’s natural resources while ensuring clean air, unpolluted water, and a protected environment. While these goals have notable public support, reasonable people differ on the best methods to protect the environment and public debate on the effectiveness of current policies is common. Are there more effective and less burdensome ways to accomplish these vital goals?

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