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    • Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past: Rejecting Protectionism and Embracing the Global Economy 

      Gawande, Kishore; LeClere, David (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-08)
      The “Great Recession” of 2008 was the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression. It led to the bankrupting of businesses, caused credit markets to dry up, imploded the housing market, and led to a near ...
    • Bumpy Road Ahead: Bracing for Insolvency in the Highway Trust Fund 

      Dar, Jawad; Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-03)
      Funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is not keeping up with the deteriorating condition of America’s roads and bridges. HTF outlays have exceeded revenues in almost every year since 2001, and the fund faces an ...
    • Deficit Reduction: $38 Billion Won’t Cut It 

      Griffin, James M.; Taylor, Lori L. (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2011-04)
      Washington is awash in red ink, and no one seems willing to make the hard choices needed to set our fiscal house aright. Congress’ recent boast of cutting spending by $38 billion makes the problem seem just about solved. ...
    • Environmental Regulation: Can government regulate itself? 

      Teodoro, Manuel P.; Konisky, David M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-10)
      Leading theories of regulation assume that governments regulate profit-maximizing firms: governments set rules, to which firms respond rationally in ways that constrain their behavior. However, often the entities that ...
    • Ethanol Waivers: Needed or Irrelevant? 

      Griffin, James M.; Dahl, Rachel (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2012-10)
      Because of the magnitude of the existing corn harvest shortfall coupled with the large ethanol mandates, policymakers face extreme uncertainties looking into the future with potentially large economic ramifications. ...
    • Fairer Trade, Removing Gender Bias in US Import Taxes 

      Taylor, Lori L.; Dar, Jawad (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-03)
      Tariff rates on most articles of imported apparel and footwear are classified by the gender of the intended user, and for some items the rates differ. In this issue of The Takeaway the authors describe the discriminatory ...
    • Free Trade in Oil and Natural Gas, The Case for Lifting the Ban on U.S. Energy Exports 

      Griffin, James M.; Gause, F. Gregory (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-11)
      Not only should the US lift its ban on exporting oil and natural gas in light of today’s economic and political climate, but it was wrong to ever ban such exports in the first place. The US should cease to view its energy ...
    • Giving an “F” to the Franchise Tax: The Texas Franchise Tax Fails to Fund 

      Taylor, Lori L.; Cottingham, Erica; Shea, Allison (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2016-05)
      In 2006, Texas faced a fiscal double whammy. Not only had the Texas Supreme Court ordered the state to pick up more of the tab for K-12 education, but the legislature promised voters significant property tax relief. To ...
    • The Hidden Tax of Jury Service 

      Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-10-19)
      Not all taxes are conveniently labeled as such. For example, consider jury duty. Although it is seldom discussed in these terms, jury duty clearly fits the textbook definition of a tax—jurors are required to surrender a ...
    • The Latest Unanticipated Consequence in the Ethanol Fiasco 

      Griffin, James M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2013-12)
      Until recently, the 2007 ethanol mandates have been a story of very small environmental and security benefits and large, unexpected increases in food prices as corn was diverted from food to fuel uses. Now we have another ...
    • The NAFTA Intellect Disconnect: Actual Costs and Benefits versus Popular Perceptions 

      Robertson, Raymond (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2016-12)
      The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was initiated during the Republican administration of George H.W. Bush and completed during the Democrat administration of Bill Clinton, has been studied intensively ...
    • The Oil Debacle in the Gulf of Mexico: An Alternative to the Coming Flood of Offshore Regulations 

      Griffin, James M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2010-05)
      In the wake of the recent oil disaster in the Gulf, Congress appears poised to impose new bans on offshore drilling along with a strict new regulatory regime. While these measures may meet a widely felt need for swift ...
    • Phantom Capital: How Regulation Weakens Texas Groundwater Resources 

      Beckermann, Wayne R.; Parish, Mason Riley (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2016-06)
      Texans believe they own the water beneath their land and can freely sell or lease their water rights, but a patchwork of Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) restrict such transactions. As a result, groundwater rights ...
    • Pre-K for All? Simple Keys to Maximizing Return on Investment and Avoiding Unintended Consequences 

      Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-05)
      The evidence suggests that the long-term benefits of a high-quality Pre-K program are substantial, regardless of whether the program is provided by a public school, a Head Start program, or a child care center. The near-term ...
    • Reaching More for Less: Modernizing US International Food Aid Programs 

      Natsios, Andrew (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-01)
      The Food for Peace program has saved millions of lives around the world for more than a half century and has been perhaps the most powerful and visible symbol of American generosity to those in need. The question is not ...
    • A Smart, Price-Based Energy Policy 

      Griffin, James M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2017-03)
      Energy policy in the United States is fatally flawed both in the process by which problems are identified and in the solutions that are chosen. It relies too heavily on subsidies, tax credits, grants, and mandates, when ...
    • Stop Playing Favorites with the Tax Code 

      Taylor, Lori L. (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2011-01)
      The Great Recession has punched a gaping hole in state government budgets. California has a projected budget deficit of $21.3 billion for the 2012 fiscal year. Illinois has a projected shortfall of $17 billion; New ...
    • Striking a Workable Balance: Labor Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership 

      Robertson, Raymond (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-12)
      Trade agreements have extended their reach far beyond simply reducing tariffs. One of the most controversial dimensions of modern trade agreements are labor standards. This brief explores the background and potential impact ...
    • Texas Cities in the Era of Government Transparency 

      Bearfield, Domonic; Bowman, Ann O'M (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-09)
      We are in the Era of Government Transparency. Recently, politicians from President Barack Obama to Texas Governor Rick Perry have touted a commitment to openness and transparency in their respective administrations. Citizens ...
    • The Time for a Carbon Tax is Now 

      Griffin, James M.; Gawande, Kishore (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2010-09)
      The U.S. needs to get its finances under control without resorting to the usual fixes of raising taxes and/or cutting spending, which would stymie recovery. The case for a carbon tax is a compelling one, given our current ...