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Why do we no longer expect large step-changes in economic growth? Why have we become complacent with predictable and incremental changes in technologies and business models? Our research reclaims the sense of wonder and optimism that has been the foundation of our greatest discoveries and achievements.
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Environmental Stewardship

How do we effectively conserve and protect America’s treasured landscapes and natural resources? Can we better encourage the protection of endangered species, clean our air and water, and preserve scenic sites across the country? Our research explores how cooperative and incentive-based approaches are crucial to achieving better environmental outcomes.
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Does our current immigration system set the United States up for social and economic success? Today, more than 44 million immigrants live in the US, and each year about one million more enter. They bring their hopes, dreams, and shared prosperity. Our immigration research details how immigrants contribute to the growth and development of the US.
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Technology and Innovation

Who Pays When Car Sharing Is Taxed?

Introduction The advent of car-sharing platforms has expanded the peer-to-peer car sharing market, but because they are so new, policymakers have yet to decide where they fit in tax policy. As of this paper, no state policymakers have decided that the state’s peer-to-peer car sharing tax policy should be identical…
State and Local Policy

How Policing Incentives Affect Crime, Measurement, and Justice

1 Introduction Recent events have returned police violence to the forefront of policy debates. While many researchers are focused on the magnitude of racial prejudice or simply assume police are a public good, we still know little about what incentives lead to better or worse policing. In this study, we…

Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform

Foreword William F. Shughart II “Errors are not what men live by or on. If an economic policy has been adopted by many communities, or if it is persistently pursued by a society over a long span of time, it is fruitful to assume that the real effects were known…
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