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.

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Commentary

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

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

CA Uber Ruling Is a Worrying Sign for Sharing Economy Fans

By Matthew Feeney. Forbes. June 19, 2015.

Cuomo’s Dangerous Wage-Board Play Will Hurt the Workers He Says He Wants to Help

By James A. Dorn. New York Daily News. May 22, 2015.

Cato Studies

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.

Labor Market Fluidity and Economic Performance

By Steven J. Davis and John Haltiwanger. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 14. November 12, 2014.

Articles

Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

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

Public Filings

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

By David B. Rivkin Jr., Mark DeLaquil, Andrew M. Grossman, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. March 2, 2015.

Kagan v. City of New Orleans

By Ilya Shapiro, Eugene Volokh, and Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. December 22, 2014.

Margerum v. City of Buffalo

By Theodore Hatzi-Antich, Meriem Hubbard, Joshua P. Thompson, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. December 1, 2014.

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.