Misconceptions About Inflation

As Americans continue to grapple with high inflation, it is worth examining how we got here and addressing some of the common misconceptions and misleading headlines about what is actually driving inflation.  When the first signs of inflation began to appear in early April 2021, America was still coming out of what had been an […]

The Economic Standard: Proposed Mergers Act Codifies Big Is Bad

Despite being an integral part of modern life, over a third of Americans support breaking up tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Moreover, public disapproval of the firms, known as techlash, is propelling legislative efforts that could limit many of the consumer benefits that these companies offer. One legislative reaction to techlash is […]

Workers Must See Through the Union Charade

It seems unionization is contagious, particularly in a city like New York, whose history is deeply intertwined with the American labor movement. Shortly after Amazon workers on Staten Island voted earlier this year to unionize by just 523 votes, workers at another facility on Staten Island rejected the opportunity to form a  second union. While the recently founded Amazon Labor […]

ACI Files Comments with FTC and DOJ on Their Request for Information on Merger Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) are seeking information on how the agencies can modernize enforcement of the antitrust laws regarding mergers. Today, ACI filed its comments for this request for Information — available here.

Can JetBlue’s Deal with Spirit Increase Competition and Consumer Benefits?

JetBlue Airlines made an unexpected $3.6 Billion bid to purchase Spirit Airlines this week, in a move that, some believe, could bring welcome competition to the airline industry and benefit consumers. The airline industry has come a long way since the days of public ownership. Following the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, […]

The Senate Stands Up for Worker Freedoms

At the end of March, the United States Senate rejected the nomination of Dr. David Weil to head the Department of Labor’s Hour and Wage Division. Senators Manchin (D-WV), Kelly (D-AZ), and Sinema joined all Senate Republicans in rejecting the nomination. Had Dr. Weil’s nomination been successful, he would have returned to a position he […]

Green Card Recapture is Vital to U.S. Tech and Innovation

Every year, thousands of foreign workers apply for a U.S. employment-based green card that, if issued, would allow them to live and work permanently in the United States. Despite demand constantly exceeding congressionally imposed caps and a backlog that stretches decades, almost 80,000 employment-based green cards were wasted last year, and current law prohibits United […]

Competing Interests: Antitrust vs. Corporate Welfare

Despite legislative efforts motivated by techlash against big tech, state governments are creating perverse financial incentives to draw them and other businesses to their states by implementing corporate welfare packages. Not only do taxpayers end up footing the bill for these financial incentives, but too often, these programs fail to live up to their lofty […]

Ignore the Union Siren Song

Last week, labor organizers at an Amazon fulfillment center in New York pulled off what many thought was impossible; the successful unionization of workers at a company known for its deep hostility to trade unions. However, while left-leaning politicians celebrated the outcome of the vote, the slim margin of victory of just 523 votes and 57% turnout did not […]

New Data from St. Paul Indicates Rent Control Ordinances Harm Renters

In November of last year, the city of St. Paul Minnesota passed an ambitious rent control measure that placed limits on rent increases in the city to no more than 3% per year. However, unlike typical rent control measures, this measure has no exemption for new housing construction, a feature many experts argue is needed […]