Immigration Wait Times from Quotas Have Doubled: Green Card Backlogs Are Long, Growing, and Inequitable

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that although he would build a border wall, it would have a door open to those willing to come to America legally. A new study from Cato scholar David Bier shows how badly America needs that new door by providing the first calculation of how outdated quotas have increased the average wait times for immigrants. Congress should reform the antiquated quotas, enact a limit on wait times, and keep these pathways viable for legal immigrants in the 21st century.

Is This Time Different? Schumpeter, the Tech Giants, and Monopoly Fatalism

Growing numbers of legislators and policy experts charge that tech firms such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are “monopolies” with the potential power to harm consumers. A new study from Cato scholar Ryan Bourne suggests that we should be extremely skeptical about predictions of entrenched monopoly power. Over the past century, large businesses operating in industries similar to today’s tech firms were regularly labeled as unassailable monopolies, but all saw their market shares disintegrate in the face of innovative new products and companies.

Trump’s First Trade Deal: The Slightly Revised Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

While the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement has received far more attention, a lesser-known U.S. trade deal has also been reworked. The renegotiation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) provides a useful example of Trump’s trade dealmaking in practice. In a new paper, Simon Lester, Inu Manak, and Kyounghwa Kim demonstrate how the renegotiation made only minor changes to the agreement and could be taken to mean that the reality of Trump’s trade policy may not always match the rhetoric.

Why Do College Diversity Efforts Draw Criticism?

The issue of diversity on college campuses raises a number of difficult and provocative issues. In a ruling expected later this year, a federal district court will determine whether the selection criteria Harvard employs to boost admissions of some demographic groups pass legal muster. In the new issue of Regulation, Dennis L. Weisman contends that defining discrimination exclusively in terms of a departure from merit-based admissions may be too narrow because it fails to account for the value conferred on the university by other types of admissions. Also in this issue, Richard B. McKenzie discusses the economics undergirding the Climate-Change Doomsday Trap, and Chris Elmendorf looks at bolstering pro-housing factions in local government.


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