What Can a Sandbox in Arizona Do for Financial Innovation?

Wayne A. Abernathy

September 6, 2017

History demonstrates that innovation is one of the things that a free society does best. Fostering innovation was one of the goals of the Founders who created a federal system of government, since centralization of power tends to discourage new thinking, creativity, and new ways of doing things. This is particularly true for new ways of doing things that can challenge “old ways.” Some “old ways,” such as freedom and individual rights, are timeless. Others are more temporal and in need of adjustment to remain relevant to evolving societies and conditions.

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Occupational Licensing, Antitrust, and Innovation Panel

Patience Roggensack and Lisa Kimmel

August 8, 2017

While professional licensing can have an important role to play in protecting consumers, the proliferation of state occupational licensing regulations over the past fifty years raises important competition policy concerns.

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SEC Report: Cryptocurrencies as Securities?

Jerry Brito

August 3, 2017

The SEC recently issued an investigative report concluding that some crypto-tokens can be securities. What the SEC did not say is that all tokens are securities.

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Regulation and the American Dream

Devon Westhill

July 14, 2017

The Regulatory Transparency Project is pleased to announce the release of the trailer video for its new Fourth Branch video series.  The trailer features several experts in regulation – including Senator Dan Sullivan – discussing both benefits and costs of regulation.

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Occupational Licensing and the American Dream

James C. Cooper, Koren Wong-Ervin, and Joshua D. Wright

July 13, 2017

More than a quarter of the American labor force requires a state license to work, a five-fold increase since the 1950s. Occupational licensing imposes restrictions on competition in every reach of the modern economy — with pernicious effects.

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Improving How Science is Used in Environmental Regulation

Susan Dudley

July 13, 2017

Effective regulatory policy that focuses resources on addressing real threats to public health and the environment depends on reliable scientific information and transparent policy choices.

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Fixing How FDA Regulates Diagnostic Lab Tests

Roger D. Klein

June 27, 2017

It is essential that FDA regulation strike the right balance between protection of patient safety, and encouragement of advancement and innovation in testing

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