Cato Audio Issues

April 2020


• William Yeatman with Caleb O. Brown on regulations that were never needed
• Simon Lester with Caleb O. Brown on trade and cooperation in a pandemic
• Patrick G. Eddington with Caleb O. Brown on civil liberties in an emergency
• Diego Zuluaga with Caleb O. Brown on liquidity and insolvency in the crisis
• Ryan Bourne with Caleb O. Brown on the nature of a pandemic recession

Do Crises Foster Authoritarianism?

Times of uncertainty and fear often provide the opportunities for authoritarian governments to consolidate their powers. Reasonable people can disagree about whether particular emergency powers are worth the risks they entail, but we all should recognize the risks.


We’re Going to Need Startups

The economic damage from COVID-19 business shutdowns could be massive. While federal and state policymakers are holed up in their homes in coming weeks, they should be thinking about tax and regulatory reforms to spur short‐​term recovery and long‐​term growth.