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AFF-HQ Should it Stay or Should it Go? Deregulation in the time of COVID-19

Across the country, states and cities are lifting restrictions in an effort to limit the damage caused by the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent economic shutdown. From alcohol sales to telemedicine, the free market is being unleashed in new ways. At the same time, people’s movement and livelihoods are being restricted.

In this lively discussion, we’ll explore the ways that states and cities are deregulating the market- and outline what deregulations we hope remain in effect after the crisis is over.


Jarrett Deiterle

C. Jarrett Dieterle is the director of commercial freedom at the R St. Institute. He researches and writes on regulatory affairs, alcohol policy, occupational licensing and other commercial freedom issues. He also oversees the Institute’s postal, labor and disintermediation policy programs. Jarrett is an alumni of the AFF Writing Fellows Program.

Meg Tuszynski

Meg Tuszynski is a research associate for the State and Local Policy Project at the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, located on the Southern Methodist University campus. Before joining the O’Neil Center, Meg was the program manager for the Spending and Budget Initiative at the Mercatus Center. Meg received her PhD in economics from George Mason University in the fall of 2016. Her dissertation focused on the problematic incentives built into public aid programs, and the role ideas have played in the expansion of the welfare state. She earned her MA in economics at George Mason in 2015, and a dual BA in philosophy and economics from the same school in 2011. Her research interests include Austrian economics, Public Choice, New Institutional economics, and economic freedom. Meg is the leader of AFF-Dallas.

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