Dedicated to evaluating the contribution of economic liberty to human betterment.
The phenomenal upswing in human well-being and prosperity over the past two hundred years has been fueled by the idea of economic liberty and the alignment of formal and informal institutions which enhanced its effect. The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, a joint endeavor of the W. P. Carey School of Business and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, is dedicated to evaluating the contribution of economic liberty to human betterment.
Doing Business North America
The Doing Business North America report will provide objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 115 cities in 92 states, provinces, and federal districts which comprise the sub-national units of Canada, Mexico and the United States. The report will be issued annually.
By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across North America, Doing Business North America will offer measurable benchmarks for reform that encourage states and provinces to pursue regulatory frameworks that ease the cost of doing business.
A Case for Occupational Licensing Reciprocity
Many workers must go through the lengthy and costly process of getting a new occupational license when they move to a new state because the ability to bring a current license with them — license portability — doesn’t exist for most workers.
This study makes a case for licensing reciprocity that can simultaneously encourage competition between states and provide the greatest opportunity for the largest number of people. It also outlines administrative improvements that can be enacted at the state level, including an expedited application process for incoming license applicants and transparency and accountability requirements for licensing boards.