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

End State Licensing of Physicians

By Shirley Svorny. The Hill (Online). August 7, 2015.

Millennials Will be Worse off Thanks to New York’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike

By Randal John Meyer. Forbes. July 28, 2015.

Will the Supreme Court Save America from the ‘Greek Disease?’

By Trevor Burrus. National Review (Online). July 2, 2015.

Cato Studies

Checking E-Verify: The Costs and Consequences of a National Worker Screening Mandate

By Alex Nowrasteh and Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 775. July 7, 2015.

Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth

By Brink Lindsey. White Paper. June 22, 2015.

Analyzing the Labor Market Outcomes of Occupational Licensing

By Morris M. Kleiner. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 26. May 13, 2015.

Articles

Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

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

Public Filings

Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo

By Andrew M. Grossman, Ilya Shapiro, and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. August 14, 2015.

United States v. DeCoster

By Matthew G. Kaiser, Patrick N. Forrest, Ilya Shapiro, & Randal John Meyer. Legal Briefs. July 27, 2015.

Hines v. Alldredge

By Cynthia F. Crawford, Skyler R. Peacock, Trevor Burrus, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. July 24, 2015.

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.