The Federalist Society hosted a lunch and discussion on the role of Economic Liberty in the United States on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Today, many job-seeking Americans and companies face significant government barriers that restrict their full participation in the economy. These barriers, often in the form of restrictive regulatory regimes, prevent consumers from using their skills, entering new professions, and starting new businesses. They also prevent low and middle-class Americans from moving up the ladder. Competition and free markets have the power to spur innovation, create new business models, and drive economic opportunity and growth.
Policymakers, like Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen, have begun to take actions to address these barriers. For example, Ms. Ohlhausen recently announced the creation of an Economic Liberty Task Force to advance economic liberty issues, with a particular focus on occupational licensing regulations. These topics and others were addressed.
- Prof. Michelle P. Connolly, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Duke University
- Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
- Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies
- Moderator: Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
- Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society
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