Commentaries & Insights

Our Commentaries and Insights are short-form publications intended to distill long-form research and synthesize current policymaking activity into easily understood concepts.


Australia's Regulatory "Bonfire"

According to the World Economic Forum, Australia's labor regulations and red tape are major problems for doing business in the country.

Rulemaking Ossification Is Real: A Response to Testing the Ossification Thesis

Jason & Susan Yackee engage in an empirical study and claim to find relatively weak evidence that ossification is neither a serious or widespread problem. After a review of the Yackee’s methodology, dataset, time period, and suggestion of appropriate normative criteria, I conclude that nothing in the Yackee’s study contradicts or undermines the ossification hypothesis. In fact, ossification is a real problem that has a wide variety of serious adverse effects.

Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson’s “Bureaucracy”

Few have had as much influence on my development as a researcher as Professor James Q. Wilson.