Regulation

In a market economy, regulation can help or hinder economic activity. Looking at topics that include the environment, financial instruments and anti-trust and past and present Supreme Court cases, econlife considers regulation when it investigates the US market economy.

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    Mobile Home Ceilings

    Oct 22, 10 • 250 Views • No Comments

    When the Ukiah California City Council said yes to rent stabilization for a local mobile home park, senior citizens said, “Thank you.” In NYC, 50% of all housing in Manhattan is rent regulated. Sixty years ago, concerned that the middle class...  [read more]

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    Closed Professions

    Oct 17, 10 • 216 Views • No Comments

    If you are a Greek pharmacist, you are guaranteed a 35% profit on the drugs that you sell, your store can be no closer than 820 feet from another pharmacy, and you probably paid close to $400,000 for a business license. Called “closed professions”...  [read more]

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    Soda Wars

    Oct 8, 10 • 272 Views • No Comments

    In “the soda wars,” who is fighting whom? Past news articles refer to state legislative attempts to tax sugary soft drinks. Now, a NY Times article focuses on how New York City is trying to bar use of food stamps for sugary soft drinks. The...  [read more]

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    Traffic and the Economy

    Oct 6, 10 • 191 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes policies for economic growth can be found in the most surprising places. Seeing a new paper on peak hour travel started me thinking about the amount of time we spend commuting. And commuting took me to economic growth. If you have to commute,...  [read more]

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    Health Care Insight

    Oct 4, 10 • 254 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps it all began when President Lyndon Johnson called Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Wilbur, I’ve just been looking through the polls here, and I’ve only got a few weaknesses, and the worst of them is that...  [read more]