Planning

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    Does Excessive Housing Market Regulation Cause Homelessness?

    According to a working paper published by UC Berkley’s Institute of Business and Economic Research and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, the answer is, “Yes.” The paper, by Steven Raphael, is called, “Homelessness and housing market regulation.” From the abstract: I … present…
    Jon Guze, September 19, 2018
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    Entitlements always expand

    Get paid now to take parental leave in exchange for deferring Social Security payments later. It sounds like a simple and “budget neutral” to help women earn more in their careers while getting their children off to a good start. Kristin Shapiro, Andrew Biggs, and others have argued on…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2018
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    Disney gives back government subsidies

    Anaheim’s libertarian-leaning Mayor Tom Tait and unions supporting a $15 minimum wage seem to have unintentionally found a way to reduce targeted tax incentives. Disney asked the city council to end a “45-year moratorium on a gate tax and a $267 million economic assistance package for a new luxury…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    Regulatory reforms that help businesses start and grow

    State governments can take a number of steps to help businesses start and expand. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides examples from across the country of how regulators have used online permitting portals to make applying for permits easier and faster, prioritized enforcement against frequent violators of regulations,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    New research identifies potential Medicare savings

    A recent paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that long-term care hospitals (LTCH) are responsible for a large amount of wasted healthcare spending and no significant increase in mortality outcomes: We…
    Jordan Roberts, August 28, 2018
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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
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    Amazon incentives in perspective

    Amazon’s recent announcement of a distribution center in Garner is one of thirteen so far this year, with more likely to be announced in the coming weeks and months ahead, joining locations in Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington. Incentive offers have differed from place to place, which suggests the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 17, 2018
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    Stricter Zoning Leads to Democratic Majorities

    That’s the conclusion of a paper called, “The effects of housing supply restrictions on partisan geography,” that appears in the September edition of Political Geography. It’s important to note that, according to the study, this is not a case of emerging Democratic majorities demanding stricter zoning regulations; it’s…
    Jon Guze, August 14, 2018