New Research on Eviction, Income Inequality, and Regulatory Reform in the Age of COVID-19

New Mercatus research from the week of June 15-19

When the Moratorium Expires: Three Quick Steps to Reduce Eviction

Salim Furth | Working Paper

Localities suspended many eviction procedures in March to prevent exposure to COVID-19, and Salim Furth predicts a coming surge in eviction filings after the moratoria. He suggests policymakers can avoid a drastic shock to the rental market by encouraging renegotiation, limiting the pace of evictions, and creating incentives for landlord forbearance.

Regulation and Income Inequality in the United States

Dustin Chambers and Colin O'Reilly | Working Paper

In their newest working paper, Dustin Chambers and Colin O’Reilly argue that income inequality and federal regulatory restrictions are linked, and demonstrate that states exposed to more federal regulation tend to have higher income inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient.

COVID-19 Shows Why America Needs Regulatory Reform: A “Fresh Start” Is How to Get It

Matthew D. Mitchell, Adam Thierer and Patrick McLaughlin | Policy Brief

COVID-19 has caused policymakers to suspend or modify regulations that prevented quick action. This raises the question of whether these regulations were necessary — or even harmful — in the first place, and the even more critical question of how policymakers should deal with suspended rules once the crisis has passed. Read more on this from Matthew Mitchell, Adam Thierer, and Patrick McLaughlin in their new policy brief.