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

Teachers’ Job Security More Important than Kids’ Futures?

By Nat Hentoff. Cato.org. June 25, 2014.

Let the Data Speak: The Truth Behind Minimum Wage Laws

By Steve H. Hanke. Globe Asia. March 24, 2014.

Minimum Wage Hike Means More Sub-Minimum Workers

By Alan Reynolds. Investor’s Business Daily (Online). February 14, 2014.

Cato Studies

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.

Vallejo Con Dios: Why Public Sector Unionism Is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Representative Government

By Don Bellante, David Denholm and Ivan G. Osorio. Policy Analysis No. 645. September 28, 2009.

Articles

Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

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

Public Filings

Elane Photography v. Willock

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

Harris v. Quinn

By David B. Rivkin Jr., Andrew M. Grossman, Lee A. Casey, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus & Karen Harned. Legal Briefs. November 29, 2013.

EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corp.

By Meriem Hubbard, Joshua P. Thompson, Anastasia P. Boden, Ilya Shapiro & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. October 11, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

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.

Income Inequality and the NBA

Ike Brannon. 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.