The goal of an economic system is to increase the standard of living of the society. It makes little sense to distinguish between producers and consumers in that context, since we are all both producers and consumers. It also makes little sense outside discredited Marxist theory to distinguish between management and labor, since we all share the benefits of increasing economic efficiency and profitability. Unfortunately, U.S. labor law is still based on outmoded notions from the 1930s about mass production and oppressed workers. It is time to accommodate our labor laws to the information age.

More on Labor Law and Regulation

Commentary

Will The Real Government Crony Please Stand Up?

By Ilya Shapiro. The Federalist. October 20, 2014.

Why So Many Are Unemployed for So Long

By Richard W. Rahn. Washington Times. October 13, 2014.

The Minimum Wage Struggle: Bootleggers and Baptists

By Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle. The Federalist. October 8, 2014.

Cato Studies

Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine? Revisited

By Myungho Paik, Bernard Black and David A. Hyman. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 12. October 15, 2014.

The Negative Effects of Minimum Wage Laws

By Mark Wilson. Policy Analysis No. 701. June 21, 2012.

Public-Sector Unions

By Chris Edwards. Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 61. March 17, 2010.

Articles

Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

Michael F. Cannon. Center of the American Experiment. Spring 2007.

Public Filings

Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

By C. Boyden Gray, Adam J. White, Adam R.F. Gustafson, Kathryn M. Kelley, Ilya Shapiro & Julio Colomba. Legal Briefs. October 16, 2014.

North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission

By Timothy Sandefur and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. August 7, 2014.

Elane Photography v. Willock

By Eugene Volokh, Ilya Shapiro, Dale Carpenter & Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. December 13, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, but Not All

Susan E. Dudley and Melinda Warren. Regulation. Fall 2014.

A Federal Minimum Wage and the States

Logan Albright and Ike Brannon. Regulation. Summer 2014.

OSHA’s Long-Awaited Crystalline Silica Rule

Susan E. Dudley. Regulation. Spring 2014.

Events

The Case against the Davis-Bacon Act: 54 Reasons for Repeal

Featuring James A. Dorn. October 17, 2012. Book Forum.

Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

Featuring Trevor Burrus. September 12, 2012. Book Forum.

The Politics and Law of Immigration

Featuring Gene Healy, Daniel Griswold and Tim Lynch. July 21, 2010. Policy Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Trade Adjustment Assistance

By Sallie James. May 2011.