Posts Tagged ‘regulations’

Incentives Matter, Car Seats Edition

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

This is quite a finding: “Since 1977, U.S. states have passed laws steadily raising the age for which a child must ride in a car safety seat. These laws significantly raise the cost of having a third child, as many regular-sized cars cannot fit three child seats in the back. Using census data and state-year variation in laws, we estimate that when women have two children of ages requiring mandated car seats, they have a lower annual probability of giving birth by 0.73 percentage points. Consistent with a causal channel, this effect is limited to third child births, is concentrated in households with access to a car, and is larger when a male is present (when both front seats are likely to be occupied). We estimate that these laws prevented only 57 car crash fatalities of children nationwide in 2017. Simultaneously, they led to a permanent reduction of approximately 8,000 births in the same year, and 145,000 fewer births since 1980, with 90% of this decline being since 2000.”

The U.S. Testing Fiasco

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Paul Romer discusses “the massive damage that the FDA is doing by restricting the supply and use of tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” He notes that “although the FDA promptly approved the broken test from the CDC, it took an excruciatingly long time to approve tests that actually worked.” Romer includes many details and many citations pointing to specific aspects of the problem. Maddening.

Colorado Dems Seek to Tax and Regulate Businesses More

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Mark Hillman criticizes a Colorado bill to alter business tax deductions.

Kelly Sloan also discusses that bill. He also discusses bills to expand workers compensation and sick leave (related to COVID-19) and to “eliminate a landlord’s ability to collect rent or evict non-payers for 120 days.”

26 business groups implore Colorado lawmakers to hit brakes on bills that could bring ‘eye-popping costs’ to employers.”