Regulation (page 8)

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    “Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle”

    That’s the title of a new paper by Matthew J. Neidell, Shinsuke Uchida, and Marcella Veronesi that was published by National Bureau of Economic Research this month. Here’s the abstract: This paper provides a large scale, empirical evaluation of unintended effects from invoking the precautionary principle after the Fukushima…
    Jon Guze, October 29, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    California wants to put freelancers out of work

    Bonnie Kristian writes for The Week about the unintended negative consequences of a new California law. If I lived in California, I’d be staring down unemployment. A new law governing freelance work was signed into law late last month. It isn’t scheduled to take effect until January, but…
    Mitch Kokai, October 28, 2019
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    When It Comes to Vaping Hysteria, One Picture Says It All

    H/T: Gregory Conley…
    Jon Guze, October 24, 2019
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    It’s Economics! Restricting the Supply of Housing Increases the Prices

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on restrictive housing regulations and their relationship with housing shortages in parts of the country. Sanders writes: Outdated zoning, rent controls, and other regulations are preventing people in high-demand urban settings from providing affordable housing arrangements, such as adding accessory dwelling units…
    Brenee Goforth, October 24, 2019
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    States are constrained by reality, unlike Washington

    This blog, our research updates, and Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal columns all make clear that state policies are grounded in reality, including recent budgets. Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute provides yet more evidence that Washington policies are orthogonal to reality, especially in finances.
    Joseph Coletti, October 23, 2019
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    Supreme Court could strike down Obama-era agency

    Ilya Shapiro writes at National Review Online that the nation’s highest court could reject a controversial government agency created during the Obama years. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear what could end up being the most consequential case of the term — in a year where…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on experts’ assessments of the benefits tied to cleaning up North Carolina’s criminal code. John Hood’s Daily Journal reports on a coal-ash regulation from Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration that amounts to a $5 billion tax increase.
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2019