January 23, 2015

Mercatus Center Policy Guide

The Mercatus Policy Guide summarizes key studies and commentary from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The work is distinctive for its economic perspective on the most pressing public policy debates, including federal government spending and debt, health care and retirement security, tax policy, regulation, financial markets, and emerging technology, among others. Throughout the guide, each topic summary links to the relevant Mercatus studies and other products that illuminate the issues discussed.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.

  • The Mercatus Center’s Spending and Budget Initiative provides policymakers with reliable, high-quality information about budgets, spending, deficits, and debt and how these issues relate to economic growth and progress. Learn more >>

    January 23, 2015
  • The Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center is dedicated to studying the effects of regulation on society. Key lessons from recent Mercatus research are presented in the pages that follow, including ways to reform the process of designing regulations such that rules become less burdensome and more likely to achieve desired results. Learn more >>

    January 23, 2015
  • The Mercatus Center's Financial Markets Working Group seeks to identify market-based alternatives to the currently favored regulator-centric approaches. Market-based approaches to regulation will enhance the vibrancy, stability, and efficacy of our financial markets. Learn more >>

    January 23, 2015
  • For technology debates that are ongoing and debates that are unpredictable, the scholars at the Mercatus Center’s Technology Policy Program offer consistent academic research to inform policy decisions. In each of the summaries below, the principle of permissionless innovation offers a positive alternative to heavy-handed, albeit well-intentioned, prohibitive regulation. Learn more >>

    January 23, 2015