Policy Studies

Publications

Economic Mobility and Contraceptive Access: Societal Effects
Courtney Joslin

This policy brief is 2 of a 2-part series on the relationship between contraceptive access and economic mobility. This series emphasizes two lenses—the individual and the societal costs associated…

The U.S. International Trade Commission: An Empirical Study of Section 337 Investigations
Charles Duan

INTRODUCTION
The smartphone patent wars over the last decade have put a spotlight on a little-known federal agency: the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Originally a body for managing the…

Economic Mobility and Contraceptive Access: Individual Effects
Courtney Joslin

This policy brief is 1 of a 2-part series on the relationship between contraceptive access and economic mobility. This series emphasizes two lenses—the individual and the societal costs associated…

Summary of 2021 Election Legislation
Matt Germer

INTRODUCTION
In 2021, election legislation is dominating politics to a greater extent than any year in recent memory, as politicians not only rehash the results and processes of the 2020 election…

Preclearance as a Deterrent, Not as Detention
Anthony Marcum

INTRODUCTION
Following the “Bloody Sunday” attack on peaceful protestors in Selma, Alabama, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which “employed extraordinary measures” to combat…

An Analysis of State and Federal Telehealth Reforms During and Beyond Covid-19
Courtney Joslin

SUMMARY:
By March 17, 2020, most states had declared a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19, and governors began to issue executive orders aimed at controlling the spread of the virus….

Pragmatic Principles for Content Policy and Governance
Chris Riley

Over the past two years the United States has seen a flurry of legislative proposals to modify Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, the infamous immunity provision designed to allow the use…

Economic and Environmental Potential of Carbon Offsets may be Underestimated
Philip Rossetti

Introduction 
With policymakers pursuing climate objectives through ambitious emission mitigation targets, such as President Joe Biden’s new nationally determined contribution under the Paris…

Harvesting Another Trade War: Ad Hoc Farm Subsidies and Our WTO Commitments
Clark Packard

Introduction

Beginning in the 1930s the United States led the global charge toward a rules-based trading system. The goals of this bipartisan policy were: to increase economic growth and promote…

Rivalrous Regulators: Historical Analysis of the Dual Agency Approach to Spectrum Management
Jeffrey Westling

Introduction

As we move into the 5G world, access to radio frequencies has become an ever-present challenge for operators. Services need the legal certainty that their networks can function…

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