Economic Liberty Research Reports

Bureaucratic Barbed Wire

Economic Liberty

Bureaucratic Barbed Wire

Texas has a unique heritage of inspiring entrepreneurs. But the state has been restricting the economic liberty long enjoyed by its citizens.

Regulatory Field

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Regulatory Field

Want to create a job in Chicago? It is not that easy. Especially in such tough economic times, people may be shocked to discover the lengths to which the city of Chicago and the state…

Designed to Exclude

Economic Liberty | First Amendment | Interior Design | Interior Design | Occupational Licensing

Designed to Exclude

Americans used to be free to practice interior design work and succeed or fail based solely on their skills. But, to the detriment of consumers and would-be entrepreneurs, that is changing. The American Society of…

Economic Liberty | First Amendment | Interior Design | Interior Design

Designed to Mislead

Do people who design interiors “mislead” the public when they call themselves “interior designers” without government permission? Industry insiders advocating greater regulation say yes, but practicing interior designers who simply want to accurately describe what…

Economic Liberty | Interior Design

Misinformation & Interior Design Regulation

This report responds to a purported rebuttal of the Institute for Justice’s research on interior design regulations and details how its author, an advocate of increased regulation, fails to provide any evidence of the need…

Designing Cartels

Economic Liberty | First Amendment | Interior Design | Interior Design

Designing Cartels

This report examines titling laws, little-known regulations that require people practicing certain professions to gain government permission to use a specific title, such as “interior designer,” to describe their work. Although titling laws receive little…

Economic Liberty

Brightening the Beacon

This report presents concrete actions that can be taken by the city of San Diego, the state of California and business leaders-to open opportunities and substantially strengthen the region's economic base.

One Test, Two Standards

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One Test, Two Standards

Most of us have a drawer or a closest in our home where we put things that are not important enough to have their own place but are not quite worthless enough to throw away…

Economic Liberty | Hair Braiding

A Dream Deferred

Hair braiding provides outstanding economic opportunities, but licensure requirements in many states have given mainstream cosmetologists a near monopoly.

No Such Thing

Economic Liberty

No Such Thing

The original legal definition of insanity is the inability to tell right from wrong.1 So it is the first irony of the “rational” basis test that it is, according to that definition, insane. The word…

Entrepreneurship in the Emerald City

Economic Liberty

Entrepreneurship in the Emerald City

This study examines the effects of regulation on entry into several occupations in Washington state and, specifically, the greater Seattle area.

Burdensome Barriers

Economic Liberty

Burdensome Barriers

If set free from burdensome and needless regulations, Arizona entrepreneurs would find it easier to open new businesses. When government regulation are necessary, they should be highly circumscribed, easily understandable and narrowly tailored to achieve…

Economic Liberty

Baltimore

Baltimore's small shops and entry-level entrepreneurs are a vital, year-round source of employment and opportunity for those struggling to gain a foothold on the economic ladder.

Economic Liberty

Entrepreneurship in Charlotte

Too often, the government gets in the way through anachronistic and anti-competitive regulations that are often enforced by bureaucrats who do not share Charlotte’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Economic Liberty

How Detroit Drives Out Motor City Entrepreneurs

Detroit is plagued by an intimidating bureaucracy, stifling and expensive rules, and a lack of easily obtained information. The government needs to get out of the way to allow the residents of Detroit to reach…

Economic Liberty

Entrepreneurship in San Antonio

Entrepreneurs in San Antonio need that Alamo spirit and perseverance to surmount obstacles placed in their way by state and local laws.

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Is New York City Killing Entrepreneurship?

This report describes licensing and permitting laws and related regulations affecting entry-level entrepreneurship in New York City.