Economic Freedom Key to Cities’ Success

By Matt Kelly Economic freedom is the unrestricted ability of people in a country to associate and transact with one another. Measuring economic freedom has become a growing area of academic research. Probably the best known measure is the index constructed for the “Economic Freedom of the World”  annual report on 159 countries published by … Continue reading Economic Freedom Key to Cities’ Success

Regulation of Uber, Lyft Should Be Local, Not Statewide

  By Matt Kelly It seems that everywhere Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies (TNCs) set up shop, trouble with local regulators follows. The situation in Florida has been no different. The Uber vs. taxi debate has been so heated that state lawmakers have proposed  legislation (HB 509) to simply regulate all vehicles for … Continue reading Regulation of Uber, Lyft Should Be Local, Not Statewide

Occupational Licensing For Florida’s Barbers Does More Harm Than Good

By Jamaal Gill   The rise of occupational licensing has become a major concern to Florida’s businesses. These regulations affect everyone from doctors to restauranteurs; barbers to financial advisors. The main justifications for occupational licensing are the promotion of consumer welfare, public health, and a higher quality service. However, in many professions, occupational licensing keeps … Continue reading Occupational Licensing For Florida’s Barbers Does More Harm Than Good

Government Protects Consumers from Bad Haircuts

Original post date: October 02, 2014 Article by: Dan Davy Florida protects its hairy public from rogue barbers by requiring prospective barbers to pay fees and complete extensive education requirements and exams before granting permission to legally operate.  These requirements are one part of what makes Florida’s licensing the fourth most burdensome in the country … Continue reading Government Protects Consumers from Bad Haircuts

Overbearing Licensing of Farm Labor Contractors

Original post date: September 25, 2014 Article by: Dan Davy According to a recent Institute for Justice study, Florida has the fourth most burdensome occupational licensure laws in the nation.  One of the many occupations Florida licenses is farm labor contracting. A farm labor contractor is anyone who employs other farm workers for a third party or furnishes employees … Continue reading Overbearing Licensing of Farm Labor Contractors

Customers Rise Up to Support Taxi Innovator

Original post date: November 19, 2013 Article by: Ben Douglas Finding a more textbook example of regulatory capture than the taxicab industry is difficult, as the case of the innovative on-demand taxi service Uber clearly demonstrates. Despite the highly regulated nature of the American taxicab industry, newcomer Uber continues to grow, due partly to its … Continue reading Customers Rise Up to Support Taxi Innovator