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Licensing Lunacy in Tennessee

How regulatory expansion cuts off opportunity for less-educated workers.

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The Blue Model’s War on the Young

It turns out yet another pillar of blue model labor economics—onerous occupational licensing rules—hit youth hardest.

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Progress on Licensing in the Cornhusker State

Nebraska’s state government has taken a modest but meaningful step to curb runaway credentialism.

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Occupational Licensing as “Opportunity Hoarding”

One defining characteristic of decaying blue model institutions is that they serve insiders well, while making it harder for striving outsiders trying to climb the ladder.

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Will California Lead the Way on Licensing?

One of the more insidious ways that insiders have rigged the economy against less-skilled workers over the past generation is by imposing licensing requirements for working class jobs.

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Sen. Mike Lee Takes On Crony Capitalism

The explosion of occupational licensing requirements have raised prices and squelched opportunities for less credentialed workers.

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Texas Supremes Strike Blow Against Licensing

The Texas Supreme Court struck down a burdensome state licensing law. Let’s hope more states shed licensing laws, and soon.

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Texas Doctors’ Guild Fights Progress

The medical board in Texas is restricting telemedicine even further. When medical guilds succeed in stopping innovation, America loses.

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A Loss for Crony Capitalism in 2014

An entrepreneur won an important victory against crony capitalism in Kentucky this year, the first of its kind in a long while. Here’s to more of the same in 2015.

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Hey, Ho, Licensing Rules Have Got to Go

Licensing regulations are keeping small businesses down and entrepreneurs out of important sectors. We need to grease the wheels of the service economy, not erect barriers in front of it.

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Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?


Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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