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Rust Buckets: How the Jones Act Undermines U.S. Shipbuilding and National Security

Since its inception, supporters of the Jones Act have claimed that the law is essential to U.S. national security. Although indefensible on economic grounds, Jones Act advocates argue that its restrictions promote the development of both a U.S. merchant marine and shipbuilding and repair capability that can be utilized by the country’s military in times of war. This rationale appears to be more of an article of faith than the product of rigorous analysis.