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CAFE Standards Distort Auto Production and Push Jobs South

Once praised for refusing to accept a bailout, Ford is now taking heat for deciding build all small cars in Mexico. Ford already manufactures the Fiesta model in Mexico, and the Focus and C-Max will follow after the newly-proposed $1.6 billion plant is finished. Given that Ford sales have risen strongly since the recession, what is the reason for this change in direction? The easy answer -- labor costs. However, it is also likely that government regulations have helped them to shift jobs south, writes NCPA Contributor Matthew Ruland...

Occupations: A Hierarchy of Regulatory Options

Government regulation has been shown to stifle innovation and entrepreneurship, thus reducing competition. In contrast, empirical studies of deregulated, competitive industries show that innovation creates greater deregulated price reductions, while market-based incentives lower costs, improve quality, and develop new products and services, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...

Taxi versus Uber: The Regulations, the People, the Money and the Future

The ride-hailing service Uber is only six years old, yet it has already inspired a host of imitators, such as Lyft, Wingz and Taxify. It has also sparked fierce opposition from the taxi industry, which is being undercut by Uber's business model, writes NCPA Research Associate David Sobczak...

California's Bag Ban: A Wealth Transfer from Customers to Big Grocers

In 2014, the California State Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed, Senate Bill 270, a statewide ban on plastic bags scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Before this bill passed, many California counties and municipalities enacted their own plastic bag bans with little fanfare. However, upon reading SB 270, the public discovered that it would line the pockets of grocers at the expense of consumers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...

The Disappearing Gender Pay Gap

Women actually make at least 93 cents to 95 cents for every dollar a man makes "for the same work," perhaps even more, writes NCPA Research Associate Colin Combs...

Gold Revisited

Gold is a useful hedge against inflation and uncertainty, but investing in it speculatively is not always a good strategy. In 2011, the price of gold climbed to historic heights; but since then, it has fallen significantly, though not to pre-Great Recession levels, writes NCPA Research Associate Colin Combs...

The Obama Economy and the Shrinking Middle Class

The Obama economy has not served the middle class well, writes Mark J. Perry and NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...

The Deep Causes of Today's Struggling U.S. Economy

The American economy is growing. But compared to other recessions in the post-World War II era it has not bounced back to its long-run trend, writes Ryan H. Murphy,research assistant professor at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom,SMU Cox School of Business.

A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational regulation is the traditional bailiwick of state governments, with the federal and local governments in a secondary role, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill.

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