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The Online App Store Ecosystem
Wayne Brough

App stores help make smartphones smart

Digital Application Distribution Platforms, or app stores, are used by consumers to purchase and download apps for smartphones and other mobile devices. The…

Section 230
Jeffrey Westling

BACKGROUND
Modern social media services, news, e-commerce and many other websites are built around input from their users, including messages, comments, reviews and pictures. These communications…

Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control: The Evidence on Outcomes
Courtney Joslin

Women have long reported that hormonal birth control can be difficult and costly to obtain. Many have trouble scheduling regular doctor appointments in the first place; for the uninsured, this can be…

Supplier Consolidated Billing
Josiah Neeley & Mike Haugh

SUPPLIER CONSOLIDATED BILLING
In more than a dozen states, customers have the choice of choosing their retail electric provider. In these states, an electric customer will receive services from two…

Staying connected with mail is vital for those incarcerated and their families
Nila Bala

Facilitating family connections is in everyone’s best interests. Pro-social family connections can make facilities safer, improve the psychological health of those behind bars, and even lead to a…

HB 6 and the Road Back From Corruption
Josiah Neeley & Mike Haugh

Ohioans are rightly shocked by the recent reports of corruption in the state regarding energy legislation. Central to the current scandals is HB 6, passed in 2019, which will give over $1 billion to…

Pharmacist-Prescribed Birth Control: The Evidence on Outcomes
Courtney Joslin

INTRODUCTION
Over the last several years, more and more states have begun allowing pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control methods like the pill. This model of access, commonly called the…

A Primer on Delivering and Shipping Alcohol in the COVID-19 New Normal
C. Jarrett Dieterle

BACKGROUND
American consumers are used to everything being delivered to their doors. Currently, products ranging from pickle-flavored lip balm to pharmaceutical drugs are shipped across the country….

Making Electric Transmission More Competitive
Josiah Neeley & Beth Garza

The electric grid is divided into three parts: generation (the production of electricity), transmission (the movement of electricity from one point to another) and distribution (the delivery of…

Lack of Recycling Information Creates Consumer Confusion
Josiah Neeley & Philip Rossetti

Most recycling programs treat all types of recycled materials as interchangeable, and perhaps for this reason, the general public tends to think of them this way as well. For consumers, two decisions…