Inclusive Regulatory Reform: Solutions for the Poor and Entrepreneurs

Academics have documented that many well-intentioned, but ill-informed, regulations disproportionately harm these groups. Unfortunately, finding and implementing solutions has proven difficult.

The event will include a keynote address and two discussion panels that consider:

  • The Problem. Scholars doing in-depth economic analysis will present their research on the economic barriers that regulation can create for the poor, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
  • The Solution. Government representatives from the state, federal, and Canadian government will discuss current efforts to reduce regulatory burdens and prevent economic harm.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  |  Check-In & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.  |  Welcome Remarks

  • Eileen Norcross, Vice President of Policy Research, Mercatus Center

9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  |  Opening Keynote

  • Senator James Lankford, US Senate

9:30 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.  |  PANEL I: The Problem: When Regulations Become a Barrier to Opportunity
The panel will introduce new research examining regulatory effects on the poor and small businesses. With the application of new data analytics tools, policymakers are not only able to better understand when a regulation creates barriers but highlights trends and differences across the 50 states and internationally.

  • Rutheford B. Campbell, William T. Lafferty Professor of Law, University of Kentucky
  • Dustin Chambers, Professor of Economics, Salisbury University
  • Derek Moore, Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning at Federal Trade Commission

Moderated by: Patrick McLaughlin, Director of the Program for Economic Research on Regulation, Mercatus Center

10:25 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  |  PANEL II: The Solution: Breaking Down Barriers with Smart Regulation
The panel will highlight regulatory reform models from multiple government perspectives that have or are currently addressing the problem of regulatory accumulation and its stifling effect on economic growth. Kevin Falcon will discuss British Columbia’s remarkable economic turnaround at the start of the century, Scott Brinkman will explain Kentucky’s Red Tape Reduction Initiative, and Anthony Campau will cover the Trump administration’s use of a regulatory budget.

  • Scott Brinkman, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky
  • Anthony Campau, Chief of Staff and Counselor, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Kevin Falcon, Former Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, British Columbia

Moderated by: Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  |  Closing Remarks

  • Patrick McLaughlin, Director of the Program for Economic Research on Regulation, Mercatus Center