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The Mercatus Center at @GeorgeMasonU is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas.

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"Actuarial guidance that allows plans to value liabilities based on the expected return on plan investments embeds an incentive to chase short-term gains and distribute the losses over future taxpayers."

"Decades of research have questioned the value of CON laws for public health. However, the current rural health crisis may provide the political will to finally address this barrier to healthcare infrastructure."

"Rather than internalize the lessons of the Great Recession and shift portfolios away from high-risk investments... public-sector plans have doubled down and continued to invest more heavily in alternatives in the hope of capturing high returns."

"The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia has won the 2020 North America Liberty Award for their Equity Initiative for American Healthcare."

"...if there's another round of cash payments, don't expect them to give new energy to our flagging economy. So far, much of the stimulus cash income has gone into individuals' savings."

"Another shipment of money from Washington may help us weather the storm, but GDP growth will continue to disappoint unless the money actually gets spent."

"If the PM’s plan is implemented, then the evidence tells us not to expect an immediate burst of economic activity and jobs. If the funds are put to good use, then the best one can hope for is that the infrastructure projects will pay off in the future."

"’s the challenge for Congress in designing the next benefit package: finding a way to target supplemental income and unemployment compensation so that those who need it most get it first."

"Soft law systems and processes are multiplying at every level of gov't today... Such mechanisms are being tapped by government bodies today to deal with fast-moving technologies that are evolving faster than the law’s ability to keep up."

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Today the Mercatus Center at George Mason University announces a series of prizes through its Emergent Ventures program for innovators working to combat COVID-19. These prizes are an effort to stimulate innovation in the face of a pandemic. Learn more:

Businesses with 50 or more employees are subject to the #ACA 's employer mandate. Nationwide, between 28,000 and 50,000 small businesses appear to have reduced their number of full-time employees to fewer than 50 because of the mandate.

In 10 seconds, watch federal regulations climb since 1950 @EconPatrick . Learn more

"The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting...have never come from centralized government."

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Mercatus is announcing a call for papers! We're now accepting short (1,000–2,500 word) policy briefs on the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The author(s) of each published brief will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

What if you could purchase an empty seat on a private flight that was going where you needed to go anyway for a majorly discounted price? How the FAA killed Uber for airplanes:

Reforming the US immigration system to promote growth: @DanielGriswold 

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A reminder from Milton Friedman: There's no such thing as a free lunch

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"Communism... has revealed itself for the whole world to see as an unfortunate and terrible historical mistake."