Regulatory Reform

Regulatory Reform

Investment Heroes 2019: Boosting U.S. Growth

Companies that invest in America are the lifeblood of economic growth. Whether it’s a fast 3D printer, a fuel-efficient delivery van, a gigabit-speed broadband network, a new solar power project, a cutting-edge data center, or a 5G small cell, capital investment boosts productivity, raises living standards, and creates better-paying jobs. Unfortunately, the financial crisis of…

Can HEA Reauthorization Help Close America’s Skills Gap?

House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn't do enough to help people who don't go to college – the majority of young Americans…

Affordable Health Care for All: An American Solution to High Costs and Coverage Gaps

America’s sprawling health care economy faces many vexing challenges. But the root of the problem is simple: Medical care in the United States costs too much. Our overpriced health care system leaves too many uninsured, eats into workers’ wage growth, strains public budgets, and keeps families in fear that one medical emergency will leave them…

The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes on Cigarette Smoking By Americans and Its Health and Economic Implications

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cigarette smoking by Americans declined steadily from the mid-1960s to around 2005, when this progress began to slow. From 2013 to 2017, however, cigarette smoking rates fell sharply, during a period in which the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes increased sharply. This study examines the connection between these two developments and the…

Getting to “Yes” on the USMCA: Maintaining and Modernizing North America’s Economic Platform

Is it possible that the Trump administration has developed a trade initiative that—with some necessary tweaks from congressional Democrats—can be a good thing for the United States and its North American neighbors? The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) (1) is the Trump administration’s proposed replacement for NAFTA, which the president, with typical hyperbole, has called the “worst…

The Declining Price of Advertising: Policy Implications

SUMMARY The global debate over the relationship between digital advertising and quality journalism has intensified in recent months, with Congressional hearings in the United States and the release of official reports on the subject in Australia and the United Kingdom. On the one hand, advertisers have greatly benefited from the decline in the cost of…

The Best and Worst of 2015

Presidents and Presidential Candidates Best: Barack Obama Barack Obama had one of the best second-term years of any President in living memory. Recall that the central worry about Obama, both as a candidate and as a President, was that he would fail to make the tough decisions necessary to drive America forward. Recall further that,…