I have a new essay, coauthored with two of my former students, Anna Mills and Dana Williams. We just published a piece in Real Clear Policy summarizing it. Here is a selection of the OpEd:
Liberals, conservative, and libertarians agree on the goals: Patients should have access to innovative, low-cost, and high-quality care. And though another round of federal reform may be years off, a number of state-level changes can move us closer to a competitive and patient-centered health-care market, making it possible to realize these shared aspirations.
In a new paper published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, we identify three areas for reform: States can eliminate certificate-of-need laws, liberalize scope-of-practice regulations, and end the regulatory barriers to telemedicine.
And here is our longer essay.
I haven’t had much time for blogging lately but I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things. Back in December, I had this to say in Real Clear Markets:
The eminent political economist (and my former professor) Gordon Tullock, passed away last month at the age of 92. His greatest contribution to economic understanding was a funny-sounding concept: “rent seeking.” Funny sounding or not, this idea-perhaps more than any other economic idea developed in the last century-explains what ails our moribund economy. And, as strange as this may sound, a pair of rock star dinosaur hunters form the 1880s can help us understand what exactly rent seeking is and why it’s such a problem.
You can read the rest here. FYI: I didn’t choose the title and am not crazy about it.
(It has been a busy few weeks and I haven’t had much time for blogging).
In early December, my colleagues Chris Koopman, Adam Thierer, and I published a piece on the sharing economy and consumer protection regulation. Here is a summary.
A few days later, I was on the Diane Rehm Show talking about the sharing economy with Alvaro Bedoya (@alvarombedoya) and Nancy Scola (@nancyscola). Alvaro is the executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University Law School and Nancy is a reporter covering the intersections of technology and public policy, politics, and governance for The Washington Post.
During the course of our conversation, Diane also spoke with Sunil Paul, the co-founder and CEO of Sidecar and with Donna Blythe-Shaw, the spokesperson for the Boston Taxi Drivers’ Association.
It was a great conversation and I very much enjoyed meeting Diane, Alvaro and Nancy.
You can listen to it here.
Also check out Adam’s comments on the sharing economy at a Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee here.
Two weeks ago, I sat down with CSPAN’s Greta Wodele Brawner to talk about “lame duck” sessions of Congress. Drawing on my research with colleagues Chris Koopman and Emily Washington, we discussed the ways in which roll call voting patterns differ during lame duck sessions compared with ordinary sessions.
A few times I struck a relatively upbeat tone about what might get accomplished in the next two years. Only two weeks old, I worry that some of these comments already seem wildly optimistic. Let me know what you think.