Alliance on Antitrust

Alliance on Antitrust

The Lone Star Policy Institute is pleased to be part of the efforts of the Alliance on Antitrust to preserve the proper role of antitrust enforcement. We are witnessing troubling calls to break up large, successful American companies merely because of size, or to score political points. Preserving the consumer welfare standard limits politicization of antitrust enforcement, fosters innovation, and ensures consumer…

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Do immigrants destroy American institutions?

Do immigrants destroy American institutions?

In a new paper (forthcoming in the Cato Journal), LSPI Texas Policy Fellow Meg Tuszynski and her SMU colleague Dean Stansel examine this question empirically, and find little – if any – evidence in support of this conjecture. Previous literature has assessed this question using immigrant populations as a whole, and found mixed results. In this paper, Tuszynski and Stansel ask…

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LSPI Survey: The Future of Politics and Policy

LSPI Survey: The Future of Politics and Policy

LSPI has released a survey designed to measure the stances of young people across the country on a range of contemporary issues. While this survey is not scientific, it is intended to help us get a better sense of American’s beliefs about some of the issues that matter most in our current political climate. This will give us a better…

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A Professional Investor’s Take on the Naïveté of American Compass

A Professional Investor’s Take on the Naïveté of American Compass

As a professional money manager working in public markets, I love watching how we are portrayed in popular culture. Sometimes we are the card-shark poker player staring down an opponent a la Billions, sometimes the swashbuckling economist like Jack Ryan (who does surprisingly little economics). Thankfully, however, the job is never portrayed as it actually is. I can forgive script writers who exaggerate for…

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Deseret News: If George Floyd’s family wants justice, qualified immunity needs to be addressed

Deseret News: If George Floyd’s family wants justice, qualified immunity needs to be addressed

As more and more Americans take to the streets in anger over George Floyd’s killing, the calls for transparency, accountability and justice are growing too. But while the officer who killed him has been charged with second-degree murder and faces jail time, one doctrine could easily shield the officers from being held accountable for civil rights violations of excessive force and deny…

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The Hill: Recovery First: The American comeback shouldn’t hinge on warmed-over policy agendas

The Hill: Recovery First: The American comeback shouldn’t hinge on warmed-over policy agendas

As the nation slowly starts down the road to economic recovery, we hear a steady drumbeat of calls to condition government assistance on meeting pre-virus social justice goals. From implementing regulatory burdens championed by environmentalists to restricting private enterprise by anti-capitalists and demands for protectionist trade policies, those on both the right and the left have taken Rahm Emanuel’s sinister advice following the 2008…

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Real Clear Markets: The Right’s New Free-Enterprise Detractors Take Aim at Private Equity

Real Clear Markets: The Right’s New Free-Enterprise Detractors Take Aim at Private Equity

A new think tank by the name of American Compass recently made headlines as a “conservative” foe of private equity by launching its new “Returns Counter.” This project purports to compare the returns of private equity against public capital markets, and was launched with a politicized primer on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and hedge fund investments. Wells King, research director at…

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A Behavioral Economics Perspective: Why People are Perfectly Rational for Going to Work Amidst COVID-19

A Behavioral Economics Perspective: Why People are Perfectly Rational for Going to Work Amidst COVID-19

Tensions surrounding the COVID-19 lockdowns are exceptionally high. Protestors across the US, Germany, France, and Spain—to name just a few—have rallied en masse to demand the lifting of legally-imposed quarantines. Now that economies have begun to reopen, social media has become its own battleground with many urging—even outright shaming—others to stay home and not go to work. So why hasn’t…

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