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Looking for smart policy ideas for a growing world? Subscribe to the Mercatus Policy Download for all policy, no punditry, and a path forward. Looking to connect with a scholar you heard on the Download? Email Kate De Lanoy of our Media team at kdelanoy@mercatus.gmu.edu.Here's to growth!

Latest Episodes

Housing, Zoning, and Transit Policies to Help Communities Recover after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of economic uncertainty at the state and local levels. Whether or not the virus is contained in the near future, local governments must provide flexibility in housing, zoning, and transit policies to help their communities recover. Karen Czarnecki, Vice President of Outreach at the Mercatus Center is joined by Emily Hamilton, Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center, Salim Furth, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center, and Jenny Schuetz, Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution to discuss how urban communities can strengthen their economies in uncertain times, how housing restrictions make the United States less resilient during a pandemic, handling traffic congestion and embracing non-vehicular congestion in the long term, and what should be done about missed rent payments. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out tomercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

43 min3 w ago
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Housing, Zoning, and Transit Policies to Help Communities Recover after COVID-19

How to Achieve Small Business Recovery During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is precipitating an unprecedented economic downturn, and small businesses are likely to bear the brunt. Mandatory shutdowns and social distancing forced many small businesses to shut their doors. Even as governments begin lifting social distancing restrictions, the residual effects of unemployment and disrupted business operations will complicate the economic recovery of small businesses. The US government has taken some steps to lessen the damage to small businesses, but these steps impose large costs on taxpayers, and depending on how long the pandemic lasts, these steps may not be enough to keep many small businesses open. Karen Czarnecki, Vice President of Outreach at the Mercatus Center is joined by Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Policy Analytics at the Mercatus Center, Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to discuss potential next steps for small businesses, how deregulation can help small businesses right now and post pandemic, and the benefits of permissionless innovation during the pandemic and after the pandemic is over. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out to mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

42 minJUL 28
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How to Achieve Small Business Recovery During COVID-19

Behavioral Economics, Rationality, Paternalism and their Impact on Public Policy

On today's episode, Shruti Rajagopalan, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, chats with Mario Rizzo and Glen Whitman about their latest book, Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy. The three of them discuss the impact that behavioral economics, rationality, and paternalism have on public policy including, nudge paternalism, sin taxes, default rules, true preferences, and how behavioralists may be the new baptists. Check out some of the Mercatus Center's research related to this topic: For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century by Adam J. Hoffer and Todd Nesbit Behavioral Paternalism and Policy in Evaluating Consumer Financial Protection by Todd Zywicki and Adam C. Smith Interested in hearing more content like this on the download? Please reach out todfloer@mercatus.gmu.edu. If you'd like to get in touch with a Mercatus Scholar featured on the download, please reach out to Matthew Boyer atmboyer@mercatus.gmu.edu.

40 minJUL 7
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Behavioral Economics, Rationality, Paternalism and their Impact on Public Policy

Dr. Bruce Yandle's June 2020 Economic Situation Report

After what may have seemed like an eternity to all who have suffered coronavirus pain and death, with June at hand, America has witnessed 19 brutal weeks since its first coronavirus case was identified on January 22. But while these 19 weeks may seem like an eon, it is still the case that owing to high social media speed, actions taken to contain the virus have occurred in record time. This week, we're very happy to be able to connect our listeners once again with Dr. Bruce Yandle, Distinguished Adjunct Fellow at Mercatus, Dean Emeritus at Clemson University, and author of the now-famous “Bootleggers and Baptists” model for understanding unlikely political alliances. Matthew Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center, interviews Bruce on his most recent Economic Situation Report, discussing the race for a vaccine, the battered coronavirus economy, the rise of the command economy, the virus' impact on retail and food sales, and the...

39 minJUN 23
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Dr. Bruce Yandle's June 2020 Economic Situation Report

The Best and Worst Ideas to Address Future Economic Challenges Post COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a preliminary phase of economic recovery, questions about how we respond is of concern to lawmakers, economists, and others.Veronique de RugyandMichael Strainare experts at understanding “big picture” economic implications of different policy options. They will review the three best and three worst ideas that have been put forward for economic recovery thus far. To add to our ongoing COVID-19 policy webinar series, this conversation covers: Three key policies that are the most useful in helping to encourage economic recovery Three policies, both implemented and under consideration, that are likely to make economic recovery more difficult Whether Americans should expect a slow or rapid economic recovery, and the vast resources Mercatus and AEI have developed over the last two months addressing recovery options Check out Michael's book The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) here. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out to mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

44 minJUN 16
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The Best and Worst Ideas to Address Future Economic Challenges Post COVID-19

How to Address Regulations Suspended During the COVID-19 Crisis

Attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels are suspending or rescinding laws and regulations that hinder timely, sensible responses to the pandemic. The temporary departure from these rules is causing many to question the need to reinstate them post-crisis. A diverse cross-section of scholars has written on why this is an important time to evaluate whether or not some of these regulations are really beneficial and how policymakers can best make these assessments. This co-sponsored webinar will provide viewers with a grounded, non-partisan approach for doing so. The Mercatus Center published a policy brief, part of the COVID-19 Response series, that proposes an approach called a Fresh Start Initiative. The Progressive Policy Institute has consistently proposed an approach to regulations that could foster more growth coming out of the pandemic while still protecting people and the environment. Check out the Mercatus Center's res...

45 minMAY 19
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How to Address Regulations Suspended During the COVID-19 Crisis

Trade Wars, Tariffs, Impeachment Proceedings and their Impact in 2020

Welcome back! On today’s episode, Mercatus scholar Matthew Mitchell and Mercatus Distinguished Adjunct Fellow, Bruce Yandle, discuss the recent hot button topics flooding the current news headlines and their influence heading into the 2020 presidential election. What will be the economic impacts of the trade wars and Trump's tariffs? Who's really losing when it comes to paying for these tariffs? What do the Trump impeachment proceedings mean for the economy? Matt and Bruce sit down to discuss these questions and much more. And to end their conversation on a lighter note, Matt and Bruce also share stories about Bruce's grandson Adam Smith and discuss some books they hope to see in their stockings this holiday season. Check out Bruce Yandle's December 2019 Economic Situation Report here and to learn more about the latest research at Mercatus, please visit The Bridge. Want to get in touch with one of our scholars featured on the Download? EmailKate De Lanoyatkdelanoy@mercatus.gmu.edu.

39 min2019 DEC 17
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Trade Wars, Tariffs, Impeachment Proceedings and their Impact in 2020

Interpreting CDA Section 230 and its Future

We're back to bring you a special episode on CDA Section 230 or, as one of our guests put it “the 26 words that created the Internet." This law paved the way for the explosion of Facebook, YouTube, and numerous other internet companies by protecting them from being held liable for what users say and do on their platforms. This also allowed each platform the freedom to develop its own content moderation standards. But, as these platforms have grown larger and central to public discourse, some are worried that section 230 gives tech companies far too much influence in who can say what. So, is 230 due for a reform? And if so, how? To unpack this topic further, Mercatus Scholar Brian Knight hosts today's episode. In addition, we're joined by Jennifer Huddleston, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, whose research involves tech policy and law, Jeff Kosseff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy, Cyber Science Department, and the author of The 26 ...

53 min2019 JUL 2
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Interpreting CDA Section 230 and its Future

The Future of Healthcare: Medicare for All and Beyond

Few words are more politically and emotionally charged in Washington than “healthcare.” Just as the Affordable Care Act was hitting a decade or so of nearly continuous debate, so-called Medicare for All proposals have become the latest battleground for healthcare policy wonks. Even beneath those big picture headline debates, other, smaller questions swirl around the healthcare world, including issues like prescription drug prices. We'd probably bet that the looming 2020 election season isn’t going to do much to end the country’s existential debate on what healthcare should look like, meaning these fights aren’t going away anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make some progress, or at least shed a little light on them. Here to do that, we're joined by a couple of healthcare policy experts. First up, Tara O’Neill Hayes, Deputy Director of Health Care Policy at the American Action Forum. Tara’s work focuses on health insurance costs and coverage, including Medicare, Me...

38 min2019 MAY 14
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The Future of Healthcare: Medicare for All and Beyond

Does Federal Debt Hurt the Economy More Than We Thought?

While it sometimes feels like a lifetime ago, it was just back in August of 2011 that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA+. Since then, concerns about US federal debt have gotten less and less attention with each passing year even as debt itself continued to rise. For context, we think the number the last time we checked was just north of $22 trillion, while the federal deficit was just shy of a trillion dollars. But should we even care? After all, the US seems to have shouldered high levels of debt for a long time, and aside from the 2011 credit downgrade, doesn’t appear to have obviously suffered for it. Some proponents of a new idea called “Modern Monetary Theory” or MMT for short, even argue that as long as the Federal Reserve is around, US deficit spending is largely irrelevant. Here to talk about what US debt actually means for taxpayers and policymakers, we’re joined by two excellent guests. Tom Grennes joins us on the phone. Tom...

29 min2019 APR 30
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Does Federal Debt Hurt the Economy More Than We Thought?

Latest Episodes

Housing, Zoning, and Transit Policies to Help Communities Recover after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of economic uncertainty at the state and local levels. Whether or not the virus is contained in the near future, local governments must provide flexibility in housing, zoning, and transit policies to help their communities recover. Karen Czarnecki, Vice President of Outreach at the Mercatus Center is joined by Emily Hamilton, Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center, Salim Furth, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center, and Jenny Schuetz, Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution to discuss how urban communities can strengthen their economies in uncertain times, how housing restrictions make the United States less resilient during a pandemic, handling traffic congestion and embracing non-vehicular congestion in the long term, and what should be done about missed rent payments. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out tomercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

43 min3 w ago
Comments
Housing, Zoning, and Transit Policies to Help Communities Recover after COVID-19

How to Achieve Small Business Recovery During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is precipitating an unprecedented economic downturn, and small businesses are likely to bear the brunt. Mandatory shutdowns and social distancing forced many small businesses to shut their doors. Even as governments begin lifting social distancing restrictions, the residual effects of unemployment and disrupted business operations will complicate the economic recovery of small businesses. The US government has taken some steps to lessen the damage to small businesses, but these steps impose large costs on taxpayers, and depending on how long the pandemic lasts, these steps may not be enough to keep many small businesses open. Karen Czarnecki, Vice President of Outreach at the Mercatus Center is joined by Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Policy Analytics at the Mercatus Center, Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to discuss potential next steps for small businesses, how deregulation can help small businesses right now and post pandemic, and the benefits of permissionless innovation during the pandemic and after the pandemic is over. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out to mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

42 minJUL 28
Comments
How to Achieve Small Business Recovery During COVID-19

Behavioral Economics, Rationality, Paternalism and their Impact on Public Policy

On today's episode, Shruti Rajagopalan, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, chats with Mario Rizzo and Glen Whitman about their latest book, Escaping Paternalism: Rationality, Behavioral Economics, and Public Policy. The three of them discuss the impact that behavioral economics, rationality, and paternalism have on public policy including, nudge paternalism, sin taxes, default rules, true preferences, and how behavioralists may be the new baptists. Check out some of the Mercatus Center's research related to this topic: For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century by Adam J. Hoffer and Todd Nesbit Behavioral Paternalism and Policy in Evaluating Consumer Financial Protection by Todd Zywicki and Adam C. Smith Interested in hearing more content like this on the download? Please reach out todfloer@mercatus.gmu.edu. If you'd like to get in touch with a Mercatus Scholar featured on the download, please reach out to Matthew Boyer atmboyer@mercatus.gmu.edu.

40 minJUL 7
Comments
Behavioral Economics, Rationality, Paternalism and their Impact on Public Policy

Dr. Bruce Yandle's June 2020 Economic Situation Report

After what may have seemed like an eternity to all who have suffered coronavirus pain and death, with June at hand, America has witnessed 19 brutal weeks since its first coronavirus case was identified on January 22. But while these 19 weeks may seem like an eon, it is still the case that owing to high social media speed, actions taken to contain the virus have occurred in record time. This week, we're very happy to be able to connect our listeners once again with Dr. Bruce Yandle, Distinguished Adjunct Fellow at Mercatus, Dean Emeritus at Clemson University, and author of the now-famous “Bootleggers and Baptists” model for understanding unlikely political alliances. Matthew Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center, interviews Bruce on his most recent Economic Situation Report, discussing the race for a vaccine, the battered coronavirus economy, the rise of the command economy, the virus' impact on retail and food sales, and the...

39 minJUN 23
Comments
Dr. Bruce Yandle's June 2020 Economic Situation Report

The Best and Worst Ideas to Address Future Economic Challenges Post COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a preliminary phase of economic recovery, questions about how we respond is of concern to lawmakers, economists, and others.Veronique de RugyandMichael Strainare experts at understanding “big picture” economic implications of different policy options. They will review the three best and three worst ideas that have been put forward for economic recovery thus far. To add to our ongoing COVID-19 policy webinar series, this conversation covers: Three key policies that are the most useful in helping to encourage economic recovery Three policies, both implemented and under consideration, that are likely to make economic recovery more difficult Whether Americans should expect a slow or rapid economic recovery, and the vast resources Mercatus and AEI have developed over the last two months addressing recovery options Check out Michael's book The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) here. If you would like to speak with one of the scholars or learn more about future webinars, please reach out to mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

44 minJUN 16
Comments
The Best and Worst Ideas to Address Future Economic Challenges Post COVID-19

How to Address Regulations Suspended During the COVID-19 Crisis

Attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels are suspending or rescinding laws and regulations that hinder timely, sensible responses to the pandemic. The temporary departure from these rules is causing many to question the need to reinstate them post-crisis. A diverse cross-section of scholars has written on why this is an important time to evaluate whether or not some of these regulations are really beneficial and how policymakers can best make these assessments. This co-sponsored webinar will provide viewers with a grounded, non-partisan approach for doing so. The Mercatus Center published a policy brief, part of the COVID-19 Response series, that proposes an approach called a Fresh Start Initiative. The Progressive Policy Institute has consistently proposed an approach to regulations that could foster more growth coming out of the pandemic while still protecting people and the environment. Check out the Mercatus Center's res...

45 minMAY 19
Comments
How to Address Regulations Suspended During the COVID-19 Crisis

Trade Wars, Tariffs, Impeachment Proceedings and their Impact in 2020

Welcome back! On today’s episode, Mercatus scholar Matthew Mitchell and Mercatus Distinguished Adjunct Fellow, Bruce Yandle, discuss the recent hot button topics flooding the current news headlines and their influence heading into the 2020 presidential election. What will be the economic impacts of the trade wars and Trump's tariffs? Who's really losing when it comes to paying for these tariffs? What do the Trump impeachment proceedings mean for the economy? Matt and Bruce sit down to discuss these questions and much more. And to end their conversation on a lighter note, Matt and Bruce also share stories about Bruce's grandson Adam Smith and discuss some books they hope to see in their stockings this holiday season. Check out Bruce Yandle's December 2019 Economic Situation Report here and to learn more about the latest research at Mercatus, please visit The Bridge. Want to get in touch with one of our scholars featured on the Download? EmailKate De Lanoyatkdelanoy@mercatus.gmu.edu.

39 min2019 DEC 17
Comments
Trade Wars, Tariffs, Impeachment Proceedings and their Impact in 2020

Interpreting CDA Section 230 and its Future

We're back to bring you a special episode on CDA Section 230 or, as one of our guests put it “the 26 words that created the Internet." This law paved the way for the explosion of Facebook, YouTube, and numerous other internet companies by protecting them from being held liable for what users say and do on their platforms. This also allowed each platform the freedom to develop its own content moderation standards. But, as these platforms have grown larger and central to public discourse, some are worried that section 230 gives tech companies far too much influence in who can say what. So, is 230 due for a reform? And if so, how? To unpack this topic further, Mercatus Scholar Brian Knight hosts today's episode. In addition, we're joined by Jennifer Huddleston, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, whose research involves tech policy and law, Jeff Kosseff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy, Cyber Science Department, and the author of The 26 ...

53 min2019 JUL 2
Comments
Interpreting CDA Section 230 and its Future

The Future of Healthcare: Medicare for All and Beyond

Few words are more politically and emotionally charged in Washington than “healthcare.” Just as the Affordable Care Act was hitting a decade or so of nearly continuous debate, so-called Medicare for All proposals have become the latest battleground for healthcare policy wonks. Even beneath those big picture headline debates, other, smaller questions swirl around the healthcare world, including issues like prescription drug prices. We'd probably bet that the looming 2020 election season isn’t going to do much to end the country’s existential debate on what healthcare should look like, meaning these fights aren’t going away anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make some progress, or at least shed a little light on them. Here to do that, we're joined by a couple of healthcare policy experts. First up, Tara O’Neill Hayes, Deputy Director of Health Care Policy at the American Action Forum. Tara’s work focuses on health insurance costs and coverage, including Medicare, Me...

38 min2019 MAY 14
Comments
The Future of Healthcare: Medicare for All and Beyond

Does Federal Debt Hurt the Economy More Than We Thought?

While it sometimes feels like a lifetime ago, it was just back in August of 2011 that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA+. Since then, concerns about US federal debt have gotten less and less attention with each passing year even as debt itself continued to rise. For context, we think the number the last time we checked was just north of $22 trillion, while the federal deficit was just shy of a trillion dollars. But should we even care? After all, the US seems to have shouldered high levels of debt for a long time, and aside from the 2011 credit downgrade, doesn’t appear to have obviously suffered for it. Some proponents of a new idea called “Modern Monetary Theory” or MMT for short, even argue that as long as the Federal Reserve is around, US deficit spending is largely irrelevant. Here to talk about what US debt actually means for taxpayers and policymakers, we’re joined by two excellent guests. Tom Grennes joins us on the phone. Tom...

29 min2019 APR 30
Comments
Does Federal Debt Hurt the Economy More Than We Thought?
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