About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Re: Econ 101 as important as ever

Mitch’s post of George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux’s piece for the Martin Foundation made me wonder: What kind of law professor could be so averse to the discipline of economics? And then I remembered the calculated aversion to mainstream economics exhibited by the UNC Law School’s “Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity.” It was already onContinue Reading






Stated objectives and outcome measures: making sure rules work as intended

Scenario: A state agency drafts rules in good faith to meet a legislated duty. Turns out, however, the rules they come up with don’t work as expected. The change gives an unintended benefit to some of the regulated parties, however. They’ll fight changing things back. The end result is an ineffective rule that can’t be takenContinue Reading






Economists: warning about protectionism since Adam Smith, part 2

This economist wrote about that on January 24. It is, after all, a founding insight behind the discipline of economics. In US News, Mercatus Center economist Adam Millsap asks “Can Economists Prevent a Trade War?” He cites Smith, Frederic Bastiat, Simon Newcomb, and Paul Samuelson to try to explain why a trade war with tariffs and protectionism wouldContinue Reading






Professor worked 4 months for check-cashing store. You won’t believe what she found out!

(You’ll forgive me, I hope, for spoofing the click-bait headline writing of silly sites like Buzzfeed who traffic in sensationalism, fake news, and cat pics.) A good read in Business Insider: Lisa Servon, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and former dean at the New School, had spent 20 years studyingContinue Reading






Obama administration regulator calls Trump reform ‘sober, knowledgeable and professional’

Writing in Bloomberg, Cass R. Sunstein, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012, welcomed the “interim guidance document” for President Donald Trump’s red-tape reduction executive order. At issue is Trump’s “one in, two out” order, versions of which have been used in CanadaContinue Reading






Regulatory reform and the Florida jobs boom

Jared Meyer writes in Forbes this week looks at the role of regulatory reform in Florida’s job growth: On January 4, 2011, Rick Scott was sworn in as Florida’s governor and immediately launched deregulation efforts by signing Executive Order 11-01, which he later reinforced with Executive Order 11-211. Since then, Florida has repealed over 4,700Continue Reading






So why are NC’s energy-based emissions falling this century? Oh, and: NC’s energy-based emissions are falling this century

Read about this in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions. If you’d like a hint, these charts: go a long way toward explaining this graph:






US intelligence: Putin funds anti-fracking campaign

Drew Johnson writes in Newsweek: Buried within the U.S. intelligence community’s report on Russian activities in the presidential election is clear evidence that the Kremlin is financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States. By targeting fracking, Putin hopes to increase oil and gas prices, destabilize the U.S. economy and threaten America’s energy independence. …Continue Reading






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