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    Evidence-Free Policymaking: HHS SUNSET Rule Repeal

    Evidence-Free Policymaking: HHS SUNSET Rule Repeal

    Welcome to The Bridge Policy Download, produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 
    James Broughel discusses the US Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) proposed rule to rescind the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) rule finalized in January of 2021. The SUNSET rule attaches sunset provisions—i.e., expiration dates—to HHS regulations such that if HHS does not conduct assessments and reviews of regulations on a timely basis, then those regulations expire. Broughel explains the purpose of the SUNSET rule, lists his concerns with the proposed repeal, and then suggests alternative ways agencies can conduct retrospective analysis of regulations.
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    • 19 min
    Dr. Bruce Yandle's December 2021 Economic Situation Report

    Dr. Bruce Yandle's December 2021 Economic Situation Report

    Welcome to the Bridge Policy Download produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Today, we’re bringing you a conversation between Matthew Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equal Liberty Initiative here at Mercatus, and Dr. Bruce Yandle, Distinguished Adjunct Fellow here at Mercatus.
    They discuss Bruce’s latest economic situation report for December 2021, including the hot topic of late, inflation. They also talk about expectations for GDP growth and output, import competition, environmental regulations, and some financial advice Bruce received from his father that is still worth heeding today.
    If you’d like to contact a scholar involved in this episode, please email mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu.

    • 30 min
    Dr. Bruce Yandle's September 2021 Economic Situation Report

    Dr. Bruce Yandle's September 2021 Economic Situation Report

    Welcome to the Bridge Policy Download produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Today, we’re bringing you a conversation between Matthew Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equal Liberty Initiative here at Mercatus, and Dr. Bruce Yandle, Distinguished Adjunct Fellow here at Mercatus.
    They discuss Bruce’s latest economic situation report for September 2021, including the role of risk and uncertainty in what Bruce calls the Frankenstein economy. They talk about debt forgiveness, corporate tax and antitrust reform, the exploding demand for building materials, and much more.
    If you’d like to contact a scholar involved in this episode, please email mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu.

    • 25 min
    Antitrust, Christianity, and Market Regulation

    Antitrust, Christianity, and Market Regulation

    Welcome to the Bridge Policy Download produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Today we’re bringing you a conversation between Alden Abbott, Senior Research Fellow here at Mercatus, Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, and Kenneth Elzinga, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. They discuss the connection between the world of antitrust and Christianity, capitalism as a vehicle for good, protestant moral theology and antitrust policy, Dan and Ken's latest co-authored book chapter, and much more.
    Check out the book and their co-authored chapter here.
    If you’d like to contact a scholar involved in this episode, please email mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu

    • 50 min
    The Future of America's Workforce--Innovative, Mobile, and Independent

    The Future of America's Workforce--Innovative, Mobile, and Independent

    Welcome to the Bridge Policy Download produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Today we’re bringing you the audio from a recent webinar we held between Karen Czarnecki, Vice President of Outreach, and Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow, both here at Mercatus, on independent workers, the gig economy, innovation, labor law, economics, and much more.
    With the rise of independent work--whether app-based, contracting, consulting, and beyond--and new flexible arrangements like fully distributed teams or hybrid office environments, barriers to entering the workforce are falling and workers are embracing this newfound flexibility.
    Liya walks us through how all workers are experiencing benefits from these changes, but new research shows the benefits accruing most to those who need or greatly value such arrangements--parents and familial caretakers, those with long-term illness or disability, and the formerly incarcerated among them. Poorly designed public policy risks preventing Americans from finding a job that works best for them and their specific situation, and evidence-based solutions are more important now than ever.
    If you’d like to contact the scholar involved in this episode, please email mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu.

    • 40 min
    Inflation and What to Expect from the Fed

    Inflation and What to Expect from the Fed

    Welcome to The Bridge Policy Download produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 
    The executive director of the Mercatus Center, Dan Rothschild, has a conversation with Mercatus scholars David Beckworth and Christopher Russo about inflation and deflation, supply side bottlenecks, spillover effects, base effects, the velocity of money, the US debt/gdp ratio, black swan events, and why we shouldn’t fear a repeat of 70s-era inflation.
    If you would like to contact a scholar involved in this episode, please email mercatusoutreach@mercatus.gmu.edu. 

    • 18 min

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